We go behind the music with five songs from this week’s episode of “Vinyl.”
Episode 8 of “Vinyl,” called “E.A.B.” opens with the Beatles’ classic “Here Comes the Sun,” as Richie, Zak and Skip pay a visit to Zak’s high school buddy turned loan officer at a Chemical Bank. Things don’t turn out so sunny for the ACR guys, though. Their loan gets denied and they are back on the streets with empty pockets. Luckily, Richie has two great ideas. One: he needs some coke (Richie on cocaine is like Popeye on spinach.) Two: borrow money from the mafia. You’re a genius, Richie! What could go wrong?
Like any good drug addict, Richie realizes that he is actually more focused when he’s using drugs. “I built this company using drugs,” Richie reminds Zak and Skip.
Also, for as much coke as Richie does, he still has a super intense “I just did some cocaine” face. C’mon, Richie, act like you’ve been there before.
Richie makes contact with mobster Corrado Galasso and secures a loan – with a few conditions, like juice on the loan and space for a rival record company inside the ACR building. That’s pretty much the best they could hope for though.
What’s the first song that comes to mind when you think of crazy satanic curses? It’s John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads,” right? Well, if it somehow wasn’t before, it will be now.
Hal, ACR’s in-house designer, unveils some possible logos from the new label Alibi Records for Andrea. She isn’t totally thrilled. Her thoughts on the four new logos? “A dick, two dicks, the map of Italy and finally the actual logo for Volkswagon.” Great line! She promptly fires Hal. A move that was made just a bit hastily. She failed to consult with Richie and Hal returns a bit later to freak out on the entire office, and places a satanic curse on ACR (they seemed to be doing pretty good screwing themselves without the curse though.) John Denver plays in the background.
The highlight of episode 8, and one of the best moments in the whole season, came when Lester schooled the Nasty Bits on some rock ‘n’ roll history. Struggling to write new songs, an exasperated Kip says that there aren’t any notes left. That’s when Lester steps in and shows them just how much you can do with three chords, specifically E, A and B. Lester plays a medley of songs that follow that progression including Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene,” and Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” (quick side note: if you want to attempt to break the record for biggest group “Twist” and see Chubby do his thing live, the Lancaster Barnstormers have got you covered on April 28). “What I’d Say,” “In the Summertime” and a Lester Grimes original called “Woman Like You” round out the medley. The Nasty Bits stand back in awe, and later Kip approaches Lester to ask if he could use “Woman Like You” and make it his own. They do, and it sounds like the Nasty Bits finally have a hit single.
After getting a week off, Devon is back in on the action, although as usual Olivia Wilde’s character is way underused. This time she helps a photojournalist out of a jam by charming John Lennon into posing for a few photos at a Bob Marley concert at Max’s Kansas City. She takes the photos and later helps the photographer develop the photos in his darkroom. They also put the darkroom’s sexy red light to use.
Hapless Clark is still hapless, helpless, hopeless. He’s a loser. After failing to sign Alice Cooper and being demoted to the mailroom, Clark finally makes friends (thank you weed and coke) with Jorge, a fellow mailroom employee. Their friendship leads to Jorge taking Clark to an underground dance club, where Clark is exposed to the beginnings of disco, hip-hop and DJ culture. Barrabas’ “Wild Safari” plays in the background as Clark sees his chance to get back into Richie’s good graces.
Oh yeah, Richie gets hauled in by the cops, who play some choice cuts for the record executive. Remember Richie’s office was bugged. These tapes feature Richie admitting that he was there during the murder of Buck Rogers. Richie spends the night in jail refusing to speak to the cops without his lawyer.
With only two more episode left in Season 1, things are heating up. Tune in next week.