Most Electrifying Live TV Performance You've Ever Seen

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  1. Dr. Zoom

    Dr. Zoom Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Monmouth County NJ
    Never seen anything quite like this

  2. bamaaudio

    bamaaudio Forum Resident

    Nirvana's 'Unplugged in New York.' It was shown on MTV almost a month after it was recorded and to say it left an impression is an understatement.
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  3. Driver8

    Driver8 Forum Resident

    I can’t figure out how to post the YouTube video, but the Foo Fighters on Saturday Night Live in Dec 2017 doing:
    Everlong -> Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) -> Linus and Lucy
  4. davebush

    davebush New Test Leper

    St. Catharines, ON
  5. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    R.E.M.'s performance on Late Night with David Letterman, in Oct 1983, was very memorable for me; it was their national debut.

    They played "Radio Free Europe", from Murmur which was just released.
    Then they played an early version of "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)" which wasn't to be released until the following year.

    (They opened up my musical world, in all directions: Velvet Underground, Big Star, The Byrds, Nick Drake, etc
    But now this was a band that I was immersed in, in actual real time.)

    I replayed that VCR tape numerous times, and copied it over and over for others.
    It seemed like a flash of lighting in a bottle.
  6. DirkMcQ

    DirkMcQ Forum Resident

    Prince again; RIP George, Tom & Prince
  7. Chance

    Chance Forum Resident

    Morris County, NJ
    Elvis Presley blowing the roof off of a Burbank soundstage for a couple of days in June of '68.
  8. thxdave

    thxdave Forum Resident

    I don't know if this qualifies as "electrifying", but this was a stunning performance by The Cars on ABC's "Fridays":

  9. scocs

    scocs Forum Resident

    Prince: “Purple Rain” — American Music Awards, 1984
  10. Dr. Zoom

    Dr. Zoom Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Monmouth County NJ
    Honorable mention

  11. bibliotudinous

    bibliotudinous Music Freak

    Sonoma County, CA
    I'll never forget that STARE into the camera
  12. extravaganza

    extravaganza Forum Resident

    San Diego, CA USA
    "Fridays" on ABC sure captured a purple patch with the great music guests they had on during their brief run. For me personally in my 14 year old incarnation this was electrifying. I had heard of this band but never actually heard or seen them. Got Setting Sons the next day and I was off to the races.
  13. SurrealCereal

    SurrealCereal Forum Resident

    Oasis's MTV Unplugged performance is great. Noel Gallagher shows he is a great singer in his own right and, IMO, sings some of the songs better than Liam. It's a shame it has never been officially released.
  14. Marc Perman

    Marc Perman Forum Resident

    West of the Hudson
    Boy George’s and George Michael’s duets with various Motown legends at a 1985 Apollo Theatre anniversary show.
  15. ElevateMeLater

    ElevateMeLater Jesus of Cool

  16. Paul Gase

    Paul Gase Everything is cheaper than it looks.


    Here’s one....
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  17. jeffd7030

    jeffd7030 Wait for the ricochet

    Hampden, ME
    I recall being impressed by The Police's set at their Rock n Roll Hall of Fame induction. And I'm not a Police fan.
  18. davebush

    davebush New Test Leper

    St. Catharines, ON
    For my money, here's the all time best performance from "Fridays".

  19. GodShifter

    GodShifter Negative Creep®

    Dallas, TX, USA
    Neil Young doing “Keep On Rockin’ in the Free World” on SNL.

  20. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    That's the first one that I thought of.
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  21. Champagne Boot

    Champagne Boot This is what space smells like.

    Stevie Wonder on Sesame Street (!), 1973.

    If you're attentive, you can see western civilization peak about 2/3 through. That little kid on the railing just losing their mind gets me every time.
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  22. JannL

    JannL Forum Resident

    I'd have to think about that. But this was truly the most electrifying performance I had seen on TV in a long time when it aired.

    Kendrick Lamar performing "i" on Saturday Night Live in 2014.

  23. guidedbyvoices

    guidedbyvoices Diver Dan

    Alpine, TX
    First one that came to my mind. I was 16 when it aired , Neil with keef’s Ex pensive winos.
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  24. Khaki F

    Khaki F Forum Resident

    Kenosha, WI. USA
    This is a remade clip of the Midnight Special performance, but gets the point across, I think...

  25. Champagne Boot

    Champagne Boot This is what space smells like.

    As far as James Brown goes, this one is always a go-to.


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