Jem

Season 1 Episode 21

Old Meets New

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 15, 1986 on ABC
8.8
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For the first time in their career, Jem and the Holograms encounter a concertgoer who’s not pleased with their performance. They meet Bobby Bailey, a 1950s rocker who complains that their cover of one of his songs is no good. The band soon learns that Bobby’s bitterness stems in large part from the fact that Eric Raymond wants to bulldoze his building to build a factory. Kimber leads the band in helping Bobby keep his home and old recording studio.moreless

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  • An homage to rock n roll's past without actually mentioning any real early rock n rollers

    8.5
    Sandy Fries penned a fitting homage to the early years of rock n roll, and the early rock roots are clearly evident in the respective songs from the Holograms and the Misfits.

    The episode opens with the Holograms performing "Rock n Roll is Forever. " This number could easily have been sung by Eddie Cochran. The accompanying video is awfully adorable. The ladies wear long skirts and ponytails, cruise around in a convertible, and even (in one quick cut) are seen performing on stage with Aja on an upright bass and Kimber on an upright piano. The only that the song is too short. With the past few episodes several minutes were taken from story so that songs, introduced by Lin-Zee in MTV VJ fashion, could be heard again at the end. I would prefer more time for story or a longer song.

    The Misfits homage to early rock n roll, "Jack, Take a Hike," is clearly an updated version of Ray Charles' "Hit the Road, Jack. " Instead of piano and trap set, they destroy a city street with highly amped electronic instruments and sound effects. Jack, Take a Hike is easily one of the Misfits best songs; too bad the clip is so short.

    Jem's second tune is very forgettable "Let's Not Forget the Past," is forgettable.

    Contemporary rock and early find mutial respect and are represented in this tale respectively by Kimber (the Holograms' songwriter) and Bobby Bailey, an aging rocker who is fighting to keep his apartment building from being demolished by Eric Raymond, who wants to build a studio for the Misfits. Kimber balks when Bobby refers to her as a "new wave space cadet," but her passion to save his home earns his genuine gratitude and admiration. The episode is a lesson in city zoning laws, for sure. The show does not consider its audience too young or underdeveloped to understand some real-life situations, like underhanded business deals and crooked politicians.

    The episode does not mention any real-life early Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, or Ray Charles, instead using the fictional Bobby Bailey and the Tornadoes, which is obviously a play on Bill Haley and the Comets, so it unfortunately does not actually give the viewing audience a history lesson.

    A fun episode that attempts to teach kids respect for older music without actually dropping any real names or real great early rock n roll songs.moreless
Bobbie Block

Bobbie Block

Roxy/Roxanne Pelligrini

Britta Phillips

Britta Phillips

Jem/Jerrica Benton [singing voice]

Cathianne Blore

Cathianne Blore

Kimber Benton / Aja Leith

Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler

Eric Raymond

Cindy McGee

Cindy McGee

Shana Elmsford

Ellen Bernfeld

Ellen Bernfeld

Pizzazz [singing voice]

Noelle North

Noelle North

Video/Vivian Montgomery

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Susan Blu

Susan Blu

Police Officer/Lin-Z Pierce

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