Good news, music fans! Later… With Jools Holland is back for another series. One of my favorite things about the show is seeing musicians enjoying each other’s music. Another one of my favorite things is how consistently and flawlessly Jools pronounces a band name or album title at least once on every show. It’s incredible. May he never change.
The fact that we are in the 49th season of the series proves that its format works. The first of eight episodes in this series kicks off September 13 with a line-up of Jack White, Kings of Leon, M83, Banks and Sting. It’s a good mix: Jack White is here to promote his new acoustic collection, KoL will release their new thing “Walls”, M83 will bring the goofy electro from their latest album “Junk”, Banks will preview some- one of the moody goth pieces. pop from his second album ‘The Altar’ and Sting will be… Sting.
Thing is, you know Jools will have a nice little meet up with Jack White for a two minute chat about his new thing. You can predict with some degree of certainty that he will sit at the piano and sing jazz with Sting. On every show, you know there will be a potential candidate for Mercury – one of the hottest. It’s nice, and it’s musical, but it’s more for my father than me.
Major musical programs aimed at young people such as top pops, popmonde and CD: United Kingdom passed away in the mid-2000s, and the charts have become so stagnant that they are unlikely to come back any time soon. Jools Holland’s latest series featured just one grime artist – Kano – and there were four times as many artists over 30 as the number under that age. Why is no one making TV music for young people?
I’m not saying the BBC should millennialise the show the way it tried to do. Today at Wimbledon (among other things, they renamed this show Wimbledon 2 days, and that wasn’t even the worst). There is no need to change the format from a useful and valued institution to something no one wants.
But new music is young: surely there should be a musical show for and about young people. Streaming is where millennials tend to go for TV now, so maybe it’s up to Netflix or Amazon to launch a UK music show aimed at young people. One that emphasizes the immediacy of live music, that encourages people to swap their armchairs for a sweaty underground cellar where they can watch future Glastonbury headliners.
Channel 4 mid-90s music series The white room was rough around the edges, more concert-like, and fucked up in the best way. The 2000s show from the same channel popmonde, meanwhile, was a consistently hilarious offering, even if it focused less on music and more on irreverence. Both overflowing with a youth that lacks Later… — and those are the kinds of shows I want to see.