Sex Pistols "Anarchy In The UK" ("So It Goes," 1976)
What really needs to be said? The Sex Pistols make their 1976 television debut on Tony Wilson's So It Goes
. This isn't the infamous Bill Grundy "Filth & The Fury!" appearance. This is the Sex Pistols, on television for the very first time. Broadcast on Grenada TV in Manchester. 1977's "100 days of punk" hadn't even begun. Soon after Tony Wilson would go on to form Factory Records and give us Joy Division. Many years later, Steve Coogan would play Tony Wilson in the movie. I would enjoy that movie.
The Shangri-Las "Shout!" (From "The Lloyd Thaxton Show," 1965)
Mary Weiss. <3 I am fairly confident that you will not find anything better than this on the entire Internet. I fell in love with the Shangri-Las in the 4th grade. There was a PBS documentary called Girl Groups
and I had the soundtrack album. You can watch that documentary on Netflix. I'm pretty sure everyone from Vivian Girls, Best Coast and Cults would agree: The Shangri-Las are fucking perfect.
Otis Redding "Satisfaction" (Stax-Volt Revue, 1967)
"Wait'll Otis sees us! He loves us!" Straight from the classic "Otis Blue" album, this is Otis on the Stax-Volt Revue tour which was not a bad night of entertainment. Booker T and the MGs, The Mar-Keys, Arthur Conley, Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd and Otis Redding. No Coachella lineup will ever come close. Speaking of Booker T and the MGs...
The Blues Brothers "Intro/Hey Bartender" (Closing of the Winterland Ballroom)
MGs Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn and Willie "Too Tall" Hall were there, New Years Eve, 1978. The closing night at Bill Graham's, Winterland Ballroom. A six hour show featuring New Riders of the Purple Sage, Grateful Dead and The Blues Brothers. Tom Davis writes about this night in his terrific book "Thirty-Nine Years of Short Term Memory Loss," which chronicles his partnership with Al Franken and their days together at Saturday Night Live. You might be shocked to learn that there was a bit of drug use going on backstage that night.
Stevie Wonder "Superstition" (Live on "Sesame Street")
What am I NOT gonna share Stevie Wonder on Sesame Street with you?
Motorhead "Ace Of Spades" (on "The Young Ones")
I have never understood why more sitcoms don't randomly cut to bands playing songs in the middle of a show. From the classic "University Challenge" episode of The Young Ones, this is one of my all-time favorite things that's ever been on television. Ever. Things would be a lot different for the show Whitney if all the sudden Wavves showed up to play "Post-Acid" for no reason.
Devo "Jerkin' Back And Forth" (Live on ABC's "Fridays" 1981)
Andy Kaufman "I Trusted You" (The Midnight Special, 1977)
I trusted you.
David Bowie "Five Years" (The Old Grey Whistle Test, 1972)
The opening track of "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars" and the song Darby Crash of The Germs based his "five year plan" on. While we're at it...
The Germs - Manimal (From "The Decline Of Western Civilization")
I have been patiently waiting for all three of Penelope Spheeris Decline
documentaries to come out on DVD. I know she's planning on putting them out because this website
has been up for a few years. Please, Rhino or Shout Factory! make this work! I will buy that box set in a heartbeat. Penelope has done two amazing commentary tracks for Suburbia.
There's probably a ton of extra footage from all three Decline
movies that's been sitting in a vault for years. Crunch the numbers, make it work, get us the deluxe edition Decline of Western Civilization
box set! Warner Archive at least got us a basic edition of Urgh! A Music War
out there! WAIT, URGH...
Klaus Nomi "Total Eclipse" (Urgh! A Music War, 1981)
I would hope the live concert New Wave documentary Urgh! A Music War is something you too saw a bunch of times on USA Night Flight. If not, get the DVD. Also, if you haven't seen the Klaus Nomi documentary The Nomi Song you are a big dumb jerk. I'm sorry. That was mean. I just really think you should see it. Also check out Klaus Nomi's in episodes of Glenn O'Brien's legendary Manhattan public access show, TV Party.
Gale from "Breaking Bad" covering Peter Schilling's "Major Tom (Coming Home)."