What was the greatest musical performance in history of SNL?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Scott S., May 27, 2018.

  1. lucan_g

    lucan_g Forum Resident

    Sturgill Simpson was the greatest in recent memory...no competition there.

    All time? Can’t make that call.
     
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  2. cporcp

    cporcp Forum Resident

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    Thanks! I've never seen that one...
     
  3. 4 November 1978 SNL with Van Morrison doing "Wavelength".....there use to be a video on Youtube but sadly NBC always gets those taken off. However, it is Episode 4 of the 1978 season, available on the boxed set.

    I watched it live East Coast Time on that night and was amazed.
     
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  4. Brian Lux

    Brian Lux One in the Crowd

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    Those of us who are Westerberg fanatics thought it was fantastic- the rest of the world would probably say good not great, lol. The band was:

    Paul Westerberg, guitar/vocal
    Dave Minnehan, lead guitar, backing vocals (he's the guy who played with the reunion version of The Replacements)
    Josh Freese, drums (Josh has done other work with P.W., great drummer!)
    Darren Hill: bass
     
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  5. I will go out on my own limb and vote for The Roches' "Hallelujah Chorus" (they had already been on the show before but this just knocked me out) or Gil Scott-Heron's "Johannesburg". Artists like those were abandoned by SNL once the show gained solid footing as no commercial benefit was to be drawn. You knew then these were folks you most likely would never see/hear otherwise, and sure enough, you really didn't. But I became big fans of both - and a few others from the very early years of the show - as a result.
     
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  6. fluffskul

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    Maybe not the greatest... but one I will never forget above all others.

     
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  7. misterdecibel

    misterdecibel Bulbous Also Tapered

    He gets extra points for having Klaus Nomi as one of his background singers.
     
  8. TheLazenby

    TheLazenby Forum Resident

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    Yeah, shame Debbie was such an awful host otherwise that night. XD
     
  9. MonkeyLizard

    MonkeyLizard I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel.

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    I don't know what the greatest is, I don't have the authority to make that kind of claim. But Chris Isaac performing "Wicked Game" is an outstanding performance IMO.
     
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  10. socorro

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  11. czeskleba

    czeskleba Senior Member

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    As I always say, the Replacements reunion tour was really just Westerberg’s 1993 band with special guest Tommy Stinson...
     
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  12. First North American (although it was taken from RWT) appearance of The Rutles.
     
  13. arem

    arem Forum Resident

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  14. footprintsinthesand

    footprintsinthesand Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 1

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    Did you notice the censorship in Boys Keep Swinging where the line is: When you're a boy, other boys check you out.
    The latter part was just erased.
     

  15. This is the one that gets my vote!!!!
     
  16. They actually don't, or at least haven't bothered to past the fifth season.
     
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  17. PRW94

    PRW94 Forum Resident

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    I stand corrected, I thought there was a box set at some point. But DVDs and even Blurays are passe now so it's not surprising.
     
  18. Dodoz

    Dodoz Forum Resident

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    How about Sinead O Connor? Was she ever let in again? :)

    I would have loved to see this live!

     
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  19. Dodoz

    Dodoz Forum Resident

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    This would be embarrassing in a room with 20 people. So when a whole nation (and social media) is watching too? Ouch.

    The thing is she was supposed to sing live over that pre-recorded vocal, right? Like a guide or something, or to achieve a stronger lead vocal :p
     
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  20. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    There was a boxed set of musical performances:

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  21. PRW94

    PRW94 Forum Resident

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    There are multiple volumes of this series according to Amazon.
     
  22. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    From what I saw on Amazon, there are 2 volumes of "SNL" music on CD but I didn't see any other volumes of the music on DVD...
     
  23. PRW94

    PRW94 Forum Resident

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  24. davpel

    davpel Forum Resident

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    It was as much The Replacements as the 1991 tour with Foley on drums though.
     
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  25. czeskleba

    czeskleba Senior Member

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    Well, the 1991 tour had Slim. He's not an original member of course, but I consider him much more of a "real" Replacement than the hired guns on the reunion tour. Slim is from Minneapolis, was friends with Bob (who taught him the solos for their songs) and he played on the last two Mats albums. The reunion tour was as good as it could possibly be under the circumstances (and with who was available) but the 1991 tour was more of a legitimate Replacements experience.
     

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