"Videos are interesting," observed 28-year-old producer Joel Gallen. "But not all of us can relate to Twisted Sister and Judas Priest."
So, Gallen has conjured up "Deja View," a fusion of the '80s video art form and '60s music. If enough viewers in the show's 25- 49 target age group relate to the syndicated special today at 4:30 on 9 (and to another in March), there might be a series.
"Deja View's" host is John Sebastian, a '60s cult figure when he was part of The Lovin' Spoonful and now a neatly trimmed family man living in upstate New York with wife Catherine and a teen- aged son who attends boarding school.
"The idea for the show is exciting to me as a musician and as a parent," said Sebastian. "I had watched as my son, Ben, got into the videos available to his generation. I was amused to see him and his friends make fun of them," he said, suggesting that "Deja View" may find an audience among the under-25s as well.
"Deja View" will feature interviews and live performances, but its centerpiece will be the videos. The Zombies' "She's Not There," for instance, is the musical backdrop for a video featuring Teri Garr and directed by character actor Bob Balaban. Hits from 1963 to 1972 are the tunes Gallen is after, but he acknowledges freeing up Beatle songs is a high hurdle he has not attempted.
Sebastian, who wrote film scores for "What's Up Tiger Lily?" and "You're a Big Boy Now" and the TV theme for "Welcome Back, Kotter," has written an aptly titled song for "Deja View": "You and Me, We Go Way Back."