A new three-part documentary about the history of soft rock is coming to Paramount+, as per a Variety report. It’s titled Sometimes When We Touch and it hits the streaming platform for American and Canadian viewers on Tuesday, January 3.
“You can trash, bash and malign soft rock as much as you want, but I bet you know every song in the Hall & Oates catalog,” says Van Toffler, the CEO of Gunpowder & Sky, which is a partner with MTV Entertainment Studios on the series. “Personally, I’m happy that the kids are finally learning about the virtues of the Carpenters and Michael McDonald via their sampling in current hip-hop.”
Subtitled The Reign, Ruin and Resurrection of Soft Rock, the documentary digs into the roots of the genre, which boomed in commercial popularity from the seventies through the early eighties. Sometimes When We Touch also features commentary from Kenny Loggins, L.A. Reid, Sheryl Crow, Susanna Hoffs, Stewart Copeland of the Police, Run DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and more.
The docuseries will focus on performers like Hall & Oates, Loggins, Air Supply, the Carpenters, the Captain & Tennille, Michael McDonald, and Lionel Richie. (Richie in particular has been in the limelight recently, thanks to his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction earlier this year and being the Icon Award recipient at the 2022 AMAs.)
The series promises archival interviews and concert footage along with contemporary commentary that “embraces the impact of soft rock while acknowledging the cringey excesses that sometimes led it astray...and a review of its continuing power over a new generation found everywhere from hip-hop samples and radio remakes to superhero soundtracks and TikTok posts.”
The doc will stream in the U.K., Australia, and Latin America on January 4, the day after it debuts in North America. Viewers in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and France will be able to watch on April 4.
Watch the trailer for Sometimes When We Touch below.
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