.... if I would've bought a tape of this I would've been sorely disapointed. It seems they have no director . Very poor performence . And it takes a good director to say "Ok let's do another take" Now I get J&D humor but when Jan say's something like how did you arrive . and Dean has that reaction I think some people would take it as he was mad at Jan. Also using the "Actors" in the videos was in my opinion a mistake. I'm not sure if this was relesed back then But I think it could've hurt bookings if it was. Just my opinion .
Regarding this part of what you wrote, 2Dean....
I have a different "take". My opinion is that they give very "GOOD" performances. In fact...i LOVE their performances!!...and if I would have bought this tape...or had gotten the opportunity to view it, I would have been finding out where in the world could i go see the REAL Jan & Dean!! In fact...this is EXACTLY what did happen!!
It was that summer of 1994...near the end, that I saw "Deadman's Curve" on video. And that same video rental had THIS video. I went to ALL efforts to find out where they are still performing...as I realized that this had been filmed in 1984 and it was now 10 years later! Well...Mrs. Torrence...Dean's mom was listed in the California telephone directory...and operator found and gave me the number. It was actually listed under "Dean Torrence". They performed at our Wisconsin's Noah's Ark every year for the past several years and I did NOT even know it!! But!, they were STILL performing in 1994, as well.
You say that you know J & D humor....but if you do, maybe you are mostly thinking of the Phase One humor. Their humor was a bit altered in Phase Two. Some seemed the same...but it took me a while to get used to what i witnessed at concerts and stuff.
I do understand about what you point out in your quote here...but if you saw these two in action ...you would see this kind of "response" Dean gave towards Jan is quite the part he took.
One time, early on when i was first experiencing this...i was concerned if this type of Dean stuff was "okay" with Jan. I asked him. He liked it!
As for them using actors...do you mean in the music video sections? What else would they do for all those songs?! This was the perfect way for them to do it, I think. I love the way Jan begins some of the songs!...and the way they give each other "five"!!
I LOVE the WHOLE thing!!! That's why I put this together in this way on Youtube!
They look great!!! And how'd you like the way i merged their 1960's "sitting by each other" with their shot from 1978?...you like that?...at the end of this, I mean?
PS...the humor really isn't even that different from Phase One when ya think of it...remember the things they yell at each other on those radio takes and goofing around on "All the Hits...." 2 cd set? And...how about even on their tv pilot..."....he got hit with an ugly stick!.....so'd YOU" (on the dinasaur scene during "Time and Space")