Teen a Go Go (trailer here), which is now available on DVD from Cinema Libre.
For obvious reasons, the Beatles cast a long shadow over the teen bands profiled in Go Go. However, Kirkendall establishes a special link between the Fab Four and the mid-sized city of Fort Worth. While the Beatles were the clear and unambiguous model for scores of better than average bands throughout the city, Fort Worth musician Delbert McClinton also inspired the Beatles. In fact, McClinton taught John Lennon his first harmonica licks while touring England with Fort Worth native Bruce Channel, who was then riding the wave of his monster hit “Hey! Baby.” “Love Me Do” would be released shortly thereafter.
Go Go really opens a time capsule from a more innocent and enterprising time. The success these kids had (and kids they were indeed), without hitting it big nationally, is rather remarkable. Some actually had their local chart toppers covered by national acts. The film will even interest j-pop listeners, because the 188.8.131.52’s (best known in America for their performances in Tarantino’s Kill Bill) are seen playing and discussing The Elite’s “One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four.”