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There has been a lot of discussion of Saturday Night Live musical guests lately.  So I thought I Bon Iver on SNLwould compile a list of my five favorite performances from the past season. I apologize that some of the videos were hard to track down and embed.

5. Gotye ( and Kimbra) – Somebody That I Used to Know

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You’ve heard the song… a million times.  You’ve probably even seen the countless parodies and covers of it, since social media has turned this song and others into an internet phenomenon. I think we can all agree though that it is a great pop song, and everyone was caught singing it at some point. Gotye would probably be higher on the list if his performance wasn’t so calm.  It does pick up halfway through when Kimbra enters the stage, but compared to some of the other episodes this season, Gotye wasn’t one of the more fun ones to watch.

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4. Bon Iver – Holocene

I realize this goes back on what I just said about Gotye.  Bon Iver is a very calm performer. It fits his music, however.  When I see Bon Iver on SNL, I just can’t help thinking “This could be Wiz Khalifa or some other terrible artist, but they chose Bon Iver instead.”  And that makes me happy.  I’m glad he is getting the attention he deserves, even if it did happen pretty late (Hahah).

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3. The Shins – Simple Song

The Shins – Simple Song (Live on SNL) from Justaway on Vimeo.

The Shins perform their recent single, “Simple Song.”  It’s a catchy little indie rock song, and I think it is just a fun performance.  It isn’t anything over the top, nor should it have to be.  It is simple. This performance was ten days before their newest album, Port of Morrow, was released.  Check it out!

2. Radiohead – Lotus Flower

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Thom Yorke and maracas.  Do I need to say more?  Radiohead returned to perform on SNL for the first time since they were supporting Kid A, ten years ago.  They put on two polarizing performances, as always.  I got The King of Limbs for Christmas last year.  What do you guys think of it?

1. Mick Jagger & Foo Fighters – 19th Nervous Breakdown & It’s Only Rock N Roll

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You may have gathered just from my first two blog posts that I am a huge supporter of the Foo Fighters.  And Saturday Night Live absolutely saved the best for last when they had the Foos perform with Mick Jagger on the 37th season finale.   The fact is that Dave Grohl and the guys put on some of the best music performances, no matter if they are in a garage, live in concert, or on television.  (See their performance with other senior-citizen-rocker Roger Waters here).  In this particular act, they do a medley of two Rolling Stones songs and force Mick Jagger to keep up with them; which he does.  I bet Mick even appreciates the heavier and more energetic take the Foos give his songs, as it looks like he is still enjoying what he does.  Are you one of the people that feel like Foo Fighters are the saviors of rock and roll?  Or do you just think they’re another rock band?  I think my stance is well known.

Pick up Wasting Light, and the rest of their discography for that matter, if you don’t already have it.

As always, I’m open to hearing your opinions on these performances.  Is there anybody else you would put on this list?  Anybody you think does not deserve to be here?  Let me know in the comments!

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show

This blog will be used to share and discuss music performances mostly from late night talk shows, but could also include award shows or other televised music performances. Whether you want to re-watch a performance, need to catch up on ones you missed, or want to discuss them with other viewers, this is the place to keep up with your late night music cravings.

I think talk show performances are important because they are short, but they can easily be discussed for a long time. The musical guests always close out the show late into the night and I think waiting for them makes it a better payoff by the end of the show.

Musical guests can be important to you because they have the potential to introduce you to new music.  You can easily discover a new band or artist that you would not have normally listened to because of their performance on a television show. This short sample of their music could grab your interest.  If you already know and enjoy the artist, it can at the very least, be a nice ending to your evening.

Probably the most famous talk show musical performance was, of course, The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964.  It was their first television performance in the United States and watched by 73 million people.  This isn’t something that happens anymore.  But fans still tune in to see their favorite bands perform on these shows.Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters did a special Live on Letterman show in April, 2011, in which they recreated the Beatles appearance.  They played their new album, Wasting Light, in its entirety while wearing Beatles-mimicking black suits on the very stage that they performed on

five decades prior.  The performance was even shot in black and white for the first fifty minutes until the band began playing other songs other than the new album.

I think this special recreation concert shows that cool things can still be done through musical performances on television.  There are still ways to do new things and keep viewers interested.  I think specifically with the Foo Fighters, they did a great job making a tribute to the Beatles, while still being creative and showing their own style.

When you think of musical performances on television, which ones come to your mind?  I can use any feedback you give to help adapt my blog and decide what to discuss in the future.

You can watch the full Foo Fighters concert here, and The Beatles first performance on Ed Sullivan here.   I think this type of performance is still relevant if they are still having musical guests on talk shows five decades later!  Do you think they are still important?