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The two-hour premiere of HBO’s new show Vinyl premieres this Sunday at 9 PM ET/MT and combines all the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll you can ask for in a show set in New York City in 1973. From its A+ list director and executive producers, to its exciting ensemble cast, to its relentless onslaught of one dynamic song after another, here are five reasons why you can’t miss HBO’s new series Vinyl.
Watch the two-hour series premiere of Vinyl this Sunday at 9 PM ET/MT on HBO.
5. It’s A History Lesson You Won’t Sleep Through
If you’ve ever wondered what New York City was like in the 1970s, Vinyl is here to give you a history lesson. The music industry was wrought with bribes and payola, punk was growing both in the states and the UK, and much like today, artists were fighting to have their music heard. Neighborhoods were still largely segregated by race, big business was run by men, and the painful aftermath from World War II was still being felt. But man, the music was good.
4. The Heavy Hitters
There are cases of TV shows and films with A-list directors, actors and producers flopping. It happens. We know it happens. Remember Our Brand Is Crisis and Tomorrowland? Probably not. But we don’t think that’s going to be the case with Vinyl. The new special boasts Executive Producers Martin Scorsese (The Wolf Of Wall Street, The Departed, Gangs of New York), Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos,) and Mick Jagger (rock god). We don’t want to jinx anything by saying this dream team has released an incredible series, but since we’ve seen the premiere we’re calling it; don’t sleep on Vinyl.
3. The Fashion
From the bell bottoms to the winged collars to the flowing dresses, we can’t get enough of the fashion from 1973. Juno Temple and Olivia Wilde are giving us serious jumper-envy, with Temple’s Jamie Vine as someone who would definitely have had her own beauty vlog in 2016.
2. The Cast
Remember when Breaking Bad first came out and you thought, how can the dad from Malcom in the Middle be the leader of a meth empire? Wait until you see Ray Romano, sans Robert, Marie and Frank and instead with hookers and drugs. Throw in Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple, Ato Essandoh, and Bobby Cannavale and you’ve got a stellar cast. Keep your eye out for guest appearances, including an unrecognizable Andrew Dice Clay, and Mick Jagger’s son James, who plays Kip Stevens, the English leader the punk band Nasty Bits.
1. The Music
Martin Scorsese is known for many things. Black framed glasses. Three hour films. A penchant for violence. A penchant for somehow not getting Leo an Oscar (we don’t blame you, Marty, but we don’t not blame you). Of course, the famed director is also known for his love of rock and roll soundtracks. Mix in a Music Supervisor named Mick Jagger and you’ve got a show with some of the best rock and blues music ever recorded, as well as some killer originals. Each episode has a six-figure music budget and up to 30 featured songs. Fans will get a sneak peek each week when Atlantic and Warner Bros. release digital and physical soundtracks for each episode on Friday, two days before the episode airs on Sundays. Do your homework, music lovers.