Wednesday, July 02, 2008
We interrupt our smoke reports with this message from John Oat's mustache
John Oates wants people to know that he is nothing like what he was when he had a mustache. The Hall & Oates principal is firm about the distinction, because if things go as planned, his mustachioed image could appear on TV in cartoon form kicking ass, rocking out and wearing tight pink pants.
Independent publisher Primary Wave Music Publishing, which owns a majority stake in most of the biggest hits in the Hall & Oates catalog, is shopping a cartoon titled "J-Stache" that further illustrates the dichotomy. As laid out in a two-minute trailer, Oates is portrayed as a modern-day family man and finds himself enticed back to the rock star life by his mustache, which is voiced by comedian Dave Attell.
"In a cartoon setting, the mustache has its own personality," Oates says from Aspen, Colo., where he's finishing his latest solo album. "Just as I'm represented as the John Oates of today, the mustache is the John Oates of yesterday. The focus of the music will be on the back catalog, but it's an open-ended situation. There's even talk of the mustache trying to bring new bands into the picture."
When I was a 7th grader, I was a HUGE Hall and Oats fan, with a HUGE crush on John Oats. Those dark eyes and that mustache! Oy! Made my 12 year old bony knees knock.The idea of his mustache having its own show is just hysterical, and I'll have to check this out.
I know, what the heck does this have to do with publishing? Not much directly, but it does show how far a wild idea can go. Don't throw out those crazy story ideas because you think people will laugh or think you're a moron. Sometimes, it's the crazy ideas that make the most sense.