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SNL Flashback January 26, 1980 The B52's

ohhh those fun old days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three episodes in to 2013-2014 and the wizards of SNL need a break.  Seriously the show sucks so bad I can’t believe no one has mercy killed it yet.  Is there some sort of contractual obligation that is allowing it to continue?  Some sort of devils handshake that prevents it from just going away? 

It has come to a point now where its tarnishing the good days.  Those days when you would actually look forward to it. Make sure you were home from a night on the town or had a nap to be refreshed to not miss a thing.  Those days when you watched it all the way through to the final waves and looked forward to the next.

Now if I can survive the first tune by the musical guest I’m throwing myself a victory party.  No lie- it’s horrible.  When we bitched and moaned over the loss of Belushi and Radner and claimed the Billy Crystal/Eddie Murphy days were crap we had no idea things could and would get much much worse.

In January 1980 season five was in full swing.  The drugged 70s were still alive and the cast was evolving. Never stagnant the writers and repetoirere remained stable while the ‘not ready for prime time players’ included the likes of Don Novello and Peter Ackroyd and the quirky Al Franken.

On this particular night Teri Garr was the hostess.  She was a bit of a sex symbol though I always considered her a  bit soccer mom –ish.  Her association with Martin Mull was always awkward.  A polyester dream and a musical guest fitting and odd.

See this is when SNL actually had some balls.  Setting trends rather than following.  There were no teen dreams there were adult acts with unique acts and they weren’t catering to the teenage set as they are now.

Bieber would never have been considered in 1980 or his equivalent for that matter.  Bands like Titus Andronicus or 21 Pilots would have been on though.  But today- we get crap straight off YouTube or Teen Magazine and it makes me want to puke.

The B-52’s performed “Rock Lobster” and “Dance This Mess Around.”, freaked everyone out and walked off the stage.  As it should be- as it was.

1 Comment

  1. John Trautwein on January 2, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    I was working at SNL as a stagehand for this show. Not sure the older crowd knew what it was all about but I was 20 and a total fan. Good memory for me.

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