The new version of ‘The Gong Show’ recruits Memphis man, Japanese toy
This is a story about a man from Memphis who will appear Monday night on the new edition of “The Gong Show” playing a toy musical synthesizer from Japan called an Otamatone. To write this story, I had to reckon with two pieces of information that were new to me: There is a toy musical synthesizer from Japan called an Otamatone. There is a new edition of “The Gong Show.” My ignorance of the first fact isn’t surprising. I know little about toy musical synthesizers from Japan, even ones as distinctive as the Otamatone, which resembles a smileyfaced tadpole or a cross between a musical note and a robot Muppet.
My ignorance of the second fact, however, took me somewhat aback, especially when I learned the new “Gong