It's always annoying when watching a film or t.v. programme and in the background are some actors pretending to play various instruments. However, it's not always the case. Occasionally directors and producers go to the trouble of getting the real thing in - musicians.
Sometimes even they are only expected to mime, but at least they can do it realistically with their fingers in vaguely the right places. Other times a 'band' is hastily assembled and play for real in the background of some scene or other. Good job musicians are a flexible lot, that have generally cut their musical teeth by playing various styles and venues in the early stages of their careers, so generally get along very well.
Robin has done many of these over the years, the most recent being an episode of 'A Touch of Frost', where he played 'Lady is a Tramp' on electric guitar in a quartet. Frustratingly I've never actually seen it.
One memorable occasion some years ago was when he was booked to play in a feature film set in the 1950's. I came home from work calling out, 'So how did it go?', only to be met by silence. I eventually tracked Robin down, he was hiding under a duvet. The director had insisted that his fairly long hair be cut in a 1950's short back and sides style and he was dreading my return.
Actually, it looked good and he has kept his hair short ever since. It was all for nothing though as the whole scene was never used, but that's the fickle nature of film and t.v....
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