What was the greatest musical performance in history of SNL?

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

  1. bluemooze

    bluemooze Forum Resident

    Frenchtown NJ USA
    Patti Smith - Gloria :)

  2. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    Huh - those didn't turn up in my search! I punched in "Saturday Night Live music" - nuttin'! :shrug:

    I work on the strong assumption the 5 discs are just pieces of the box split up into individual releases. I'd be surprised to find they're anything not already found in the box...
  3. Cornfed Hick

    Cornfed Hick Forum Resident

    Why, exactly? I know the history -- he was rebelling against his label and corporate-controlled broadcasting, blah blah. But it seems like just an awkward stunt. How many people, watching it at the time, recognized it as a rebellious act, or realized that Lorne Michaels was mad about it, or even understood what "Radio Radio" was about? Absent all this history, the performance, while good, was not exactly memorable. For punk insouciance it's tough to top the The Replacements. I'll also never forget Paul Simon's "The Boxer" after 9/11 -- the performance wasn't fantastic, but the emotional weight was unmatched.
  4. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Forum Resident

    Their version of You Don't Know How It Feels was really fantastic; the best version ever of that song.
  5. jonathan

    jonathan Forum Resident

    The Spanic Boys
  6. PRW94

    PRW94 Forum Resident

    The Southeast
    Looked a little closer and you are correct. Gotta maximize those sales!
  7. fallbreaks

    fallbreaks Forum Resident

    George Harrison & Paul Simon, 1976

    SNL provided a great opportunity for this sort of collaboration, but very few artists have done this kind of thing over the years.
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  8. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

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  9. pseudopod

    pseudopod Forum Resident

    Winnipeg, Canada
    Yup. Anytime I've watched it since I've always stated it was my favorite SNL performance ever.
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  10. Ginger Ale

    Ginger Ale Snackophile

    New York
    Has no one mentioned Kid Creole And The Coconuts?
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  11. woody

    woody Forum Resident

    charleston, sc
    Courtney Barnett was great 2 seasons ago.

    Ryan Adams doing New York, New York after 9/11.

    TP with Grohl, Devo, Costello have been mentioned.
  12. Sherman

    Sherman Forum Resident

    Bergen Co. NJ
    Not as awesome as Neil Young or the Mats, but I've always liked the Honeydrippers 12/15/84 performances.

    Plant, Brian Setzer, Paul Schaffer and a bunch of horns perform Rockin' At Midnight and Santa Claus Is Back In Town. Them as likes Queen's SNL "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" performance should love this, as Setzer really tears it up. Dig the fake snow during the Xmas tune, too. My two cents.
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  13. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    We gotta move these refrigerators - we gotta move these color TVs!
  14. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    Sophie's Choice time: do you pick your wife or Kate? ;)
  15. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    Never been offered as an option.

    For the people who mention Prince's first appearance on SNL on the ill-fated Charles Rocket F-Bomb show, the main musical guest was Todd Rundgren, on his only appearance. He did Time Heals and Healer from the album of the same name:

    Amazing band! Pat Travers (guitar), Kasim Sulton (bass), Roger Powell (synthesizer), Ralph Schuckett (keyboards), Ernest "Boom" Carter (drums), Mike Shrieve (percussion), Eric Troyer (vocals), Rory Dodd (vocals).
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  16. sixtiesstereo

    sixtiesstereo Forum Resident

    Glad you mentioned them. Being from Milwaukee (as were the Spanics) my wife and
    I got to know them well when they first started performing in our area. As they got
    more popular locally, they put out their first CD. When I found out they were going
    to be on SNL, my wife and I couldn't believe it, as you can imagine. And they were great!
    One of the few father and son groups in rock, they really rocked when they did
    older rockabilly tracks on stage. And two of the best guitarists I've EVER heard.
    Sadly, Tom (the father) recently passed away. But his son, Ian, for years has been
    producing other artists and playing on their releases. But in the 90's, they were amazing.
    Here's my favorite recording by them, an instrumental of Milwaukee's own Legends original
    from the early sixties.
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  17. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    He was amazing doing "American Tune" as well.
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  18. sixtiesstereo

    sixtiesstereo Forum Resident

    To be honest, I feel Gilda Radner's (my all time favorite SNL cast member) parody
    of Patti Smith as "Candy Slice" is spot on and amazing. She did it several times on
    the show, but here's the sketch (hosted by Rick Nelson) where all of the cast members
    are in character as celebrities, and then she goes on stage and performs.
    Rock Against Yeast
  19. The Hole Got Fixed

    The Hole Got Fixed Owens, Poell, Saberi

    Dylan Jokerman
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  20. DBR49

    DBR49 Well-Known Member

    I think that that was an album recorded by his illegitimate brother, W. Somerset Coleman.
    • ;)
  21. Mike Visco

    Mike Visco Forum Resident

    Newark, NJ
    Squeeze Annie Get Your Gun was one of my favorites.
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  22. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    Cop out - boo! :laugh:
  23. kwhisperer

    kwhisperer Forum Resident

    That was Letterman, was it not?
  24. Craigman1959

    Craigman1959 Forum Resident

    Alabama, USA
  25. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    According to the "SNL Wiki" site, Dylan only appeared on "SNL" once - and that was 1979, so too early for "Jokerman".

    As you note, Dylan did play the song on Letterman - and it's a pretty different version than the one on "Infidels". More late 70s Elvis Costello than the reggae-inflected album cut:


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