Sal Piro has joked that Rocky is now too tame for MTV, so VH1 does the
honors. Personally, I could care less who does, as long
as I get my RHPS tv fix every once in a while. (except for the film on Comedy
Central. That's an exception)
In 1997, VH1 aired a special Hollywood and Vinyl that focused on Rocky
Horror. Aired, as always, over Halloween, there was little information
to be found that wasn't known already. The best thing about the show (as
if this should surprise . . . was Richard, fresh off of filming Ever After
looking incredibly stylish in a black sleeveless shirt and goatee.
He discussed the writing and evolution of Rocky Horror, over acoustic versions
of some of the songs. One of the biggest let downs was the fact that they
played him talking over the sound of the songs, which
made them hard to really enjoy. If there is one complaint I really had about
the VH1 content they put on as extras for the RHPS DVD, it's that those
songs, in their unedited forms, weren't included. Because they were great.
From a musical perspective, it was fun to hear him sing what would normally
be Columbia's verse. Of course, between the interviews and the credits continuing
to roll over him singing, you couldn't really hear much.
Another thing to note about the special is the fact that you could easily
see Richard's tattoo, which I've never been able to spot anywhere else.
So if you're curious about that sort of thing, this is the place to look.