On the pilot of Vinyl, record label bigwig Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) is desperate to save his company. He’s got a lot to overcome and it won’t be easy — Vinyl takes place in crime-ridden 1970s New York City. The setting is amp’d up by an awesome soundtrack including classics from The Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger is one of the creators of the show). While Richie “goes ahead and bites the big apple,” he deals with an eclectic group of people including Frank “Buck” Rogers, “a cocaine-fueled owner of a chain of radio stations.”
Rogers is portrayed by standup comedian Andrew Dice Clay. The Brooklyn native is known for being the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden (1990) and for offending people (especially women). Clay is also recognized as an actor. In the 1990s he starred on two sitcoms Hitz and Bless This House. Most recently, he appeared with Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen’s 2013 film Blue Jasmine. Fun fact about Clay: He played a drunk Marine (Corp. Hrabosky) in a 1982 episode of M*A*S*H (see video below). Vinyl airs Sundays at 9pm on HBO.