Friday, September 9, 2016

The Musical Guests Of "Fridays", [UPDATED]

For some reason, I found myself this morning trying to remember the sketch comedy show "Fridays".  This was ABC's attempt to steal Saturday Night Live's thunder (SNL was on NBC).  Turns out, I don't remember it too well - I turned to Google to refresh my memory.  In retrospect, "Fridays" boasted some serious comedy muscle, including Rich Hall, Larry David and Michael Richards.  I remember the show being pretty funny, but I don't remember any actual sketches (and I don't want to shatter that impression by looking for sketches online for some reason).  [UPDATE:  Here's one dude's take.  Sounds like a decent show.]  But man - take a look at the musical guests they've had.  Granted, I'm a little biased since I really started to pay attention to music long about 1980, but I think their selections show a nice balance of mainstream acts and edgier acts like the Clash and Devo.  Below are some of the better performances, but there's tons more online should you wish to find them.  Enjoy the beautiful imperfections of actual live TV, folks.  Enjoy lots of 80s awesomeness (satin jackets, yo) as well.

The Jam performing "Private Hell".  For my money, they're probably the best live band there was (though I never actually got to see them live).

The Stray Cats doing "Stray Cat Strut" and "Rock This Town".

The Pretenders doing "Message of Love".  Note that they are ever so slightly out of tune.  They ain't lip syncing this stuff, folks.


The David Grisman Quintet doing "Dawg's Bull":

The Blasters playing "Maria, Maria" and "American Music".  This looks to be ripped from a VHS tape, so the quality is really bad.  But this was too cool to not include - LA punk was at it's height when the Blasters broke off into the fledgling rockabilly/Americana scene.  So to me, this feels almost like an important historical document.

The Clash doing "London Calling" and "Train In Vain" - listen to how primed the crowd is!

And probably one of my favorite performances anywhere online - Devo.  Seriously - Google them.  I think they were on Fridays more than once.  They're all worth a look.  But I'll include "Uncontrollable Urge" below.  Freaking great energy - definitely another band I wish I would've got to see live.

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