Okay, this is gonna be short and sweet…and it will be the last time I write about 5 Dollar Cover. Yes, I watched. Yes, Ben and Lucero finally had their moments and no, it wasn’t any better.
Talking about the show with a friend the other night at the bar, I think I had one of those moments of half-drunk clarity…
I don’t know whose idea it was, Brewer’s or MTV’s. Point is, it doesn’t matter what the original goal of the show was…webisodes, blog posts. Doesn’t matter. The point is, it’s a television show now and I am gonna critique it as such, and being a non-Memphis-ite I am not emotionally attached to the bars, bands (Lucero excluded) or sights of the show. If you wanted to feature Memphis music, then why not do it? Minus the bullshit storylines and fake romances. Personally, that shit is what’s killing the show for me. I don’t care about the old man having a heart attack, nor do I give a shit about two girls squabbling cause they found out they’re fucking the same drummer. If you wanna focus on that then do a “real” reality show. Otherwise, just give me the music.
Just give me the music. That brings me to $5 Cover Amplified. The shit on this site is what should be getting air time, not Ben Nichols making out with an actress. $5 Cover Amplified is more compelling and interesting the $5 Cover ever could be. There are no actresses, no fake romances, no love triangles….just the musicians…not musicians playing MTVified versions of themselves. I’ll still hit $5 Cover Amplified every week cause I am enjoying the hell out of it, but I am officially giving up on $5 Cover the TV show.