Savages on ‘Ellen’ proves US TV takes more musical risks than the UK
Savages on Ellen

“I love finding new, interesting and unique music and I love this next band,” says Ellen DeGeneres – before bringing out Savages to perform to millions of Americans.

You know what? We actually believe her when she says that too.

The London punk band , draped in black, are one of the UK’s most provocative and interesting outfits right now, building a strong fan-following and a fierce reputation as an unmissable live act.

They performed their single ‘Adore’ and, it must be said, totally killed it.

While their latest album Adore Life offered a far more fleshed out sound than their debut – Savages are still nowhere near being the type of group you could picture sat on a couch next to Philip Schofield. And yet…

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is a daytime TV programme with all the usual confines. It’s light entertainment with frothy chat and segments dedicated to dancing – yet one of our most near-the-knuckle acts is invited to perform to a show with an average viewership of 3 million people in America alone.

This isn’t a one-off for Ellen either.

Kendrick Lamar performed ‘These Walls’ not long after the release of To Pimp A Butterfly accompanied by ball-room dancers and an artist with a sketchpad. It was ballsy, different and completely captivating.

Once again, it shows that UK TV’s attitude to music is extremely conservative; the only timeslot dedicated to left-of-field music choices is the late night Later…with Jools Holland show.

What we’re missing out on is bringing our brightest and best to the UK public – who might be tuned in to a sound they wouldn’t necessarily discover elsewhere. Instead, acts like Savages have to head overseas to make their ‘big break’.

Never mind though, eh? Let’s keep watching Gary Barlow performing with Michael Mcintyre shall we?


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