Picks and Pans Review: Dick Clark's Best of Bandstand

UPDATED 06/02/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/02/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT

Dick Clark

Shrewd teenagers may want to buy this tape of highlights from American Bandstand and Clark's Saturday night show in the '50s and '60s and give it to their parents. It would be hard for Mom and Dad to ever complain about Prince or Mötley Crüe again after they saw how embarrassing The Big Bopper, Fabian and Mark (Teen Angel) Dinning were. And it's hard to believe the dopiness of Ed Byrnes and Connie Stevens performing Kookie Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb). There is, happily, some sturdier music: Buddy Holly doing Peggy Sue, the Everly Brothers' Cathy's Clown, Sam Cooke's You Send Me. But it's nostalgia that provides the reason for watching this hour-long tape, even if it's of the morbid-curiosity variety. Did those of us who were teens back then really look as hopeless as Clark's audiences did? Aaarrrrgh. (Vestron, $29.95)

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