I am a huge fan of music
in general and all information that surrounds and is about music. Some time
ago, SBS aired this series by John Safran called Music Jamboree. For those of
you who do not know who Safran is, he's the guy that streaked through Israel
during the Race Around the World contest and in my opinion, one of the most
entertaining people on Australian television today.
Spanning two vastly
entertaining and informative discs, the Music Jamboree is a fascinating look
behind the scenes at the music industry and those who wish to dominate it.
Covering almost all topics about the subject in an informative and irreverent
manner, Music Jamboree had so many good features, I would have to write an
epic review of biblical proportions to cover them all.
There are ten episodes
covering both of the discs and they feature comedy skits and actual
information and interviews with artists. Some topics verge on the ridiculous,
such as having a studio audience watch John interview Ozzy Osbourne and
gauging at what parts of the interview they wanted to kill themselves. Other
constants include the extremely informative Music Mole segments and World of
World of Instruments
episodes are unique in and of themselves as after the information about the
instrument, a band will play one of their better known songs using traditional
instruments. It's unusual and sounds fantastic.
This series comes jammed
packed with extras as well featuring segments that didn't quite make it into
the series as well as a number of skits that John did for other networks that
they did not use. These extras would be worth a purchase on their own, let
alone as a bonus on a DVD set.
There are two
extras on the set that I would give a miss, as even I believe that they
transcend bad taste. I must confess that I can have a sick sense of humour and
even I was offended by these segments and don't understand why Safran even did
them. They were 'Not the Sunscreen Song' and '13 Secret Herbs and Spices'.
'Not the Sunscreen Song' features a small part where a Salvation Army Officer
(played by Safran) wraps up weapons in Christmas paper and gives them to
homeless people. I am an advocate of freedom of expression but thought that
this undermines the hard work done by the Salvos and was utterly tasteless.
I would thoroughly
recommend Music Jamboree to anyone who has an interest in the music industry
as it is insightful, informative and irreverent. Safran is a comedic genius
and I can't wait to see more of his work. Buy this DVD.
Music Jamboree Features
- Jew Town Documentary
- Eminem Outtakes
Jamboree Ads (feat. Les Murray)
- Not The Sunscreen Song
John's Book Club
- Race Around The World Entry
- 13 Secret Herbs and Spices
Raspberry Cordial 'University Elevator Music'
Music Mole Collection
- World of
- Madman Propaganda