Picks and Pans Review: Strange Frequency
This new half-hour series creates its own genre: rock and roll stories of the supernatural. It's as if, say, Behind the Music profiled rock-band zombies from the other side instead of has-been musicians. Or is there a difference? In the premiere, a guitarist unwittingly sells his soul to the devil (The Who's Roger Daltrey, host for the show) in exchange for a never-performed blues composition by Jimi Hendrix. That's followed on Aug. 25 with the tale of a drug-addicted star who gets over his writer's block when a fan—is it his muse?—pushes him off the wagon. Then we have a scandal-plagued candidate (Peter Strauss) who time-trips into his past (and tries to correct his messes) when he plays a CD of his campaign theme, Boston's "Don't Look Back." Bill Clinton probably wishes Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" had the same effect.
The genre may be new, but it feels old. The rock all sounds like early '80s MTV, way before grunge, and the eerie twists are straight out of The Twilight Zone, way before basic cable.
Bottom Line: Won't get fooled again