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September 14, 2006


Joseph Zitt

I recall reading that the SNL episode with Ornette Coleman and Milton Berle was the only one that, as of that time, Lorne Michaels had sworn would never air again.

On the other hand, he's also kept a kibosh on the amazing Sunday Night/Night Music series, and wonders from that are appearing on YouTube, such as the Leonard Cohen / Sonny Rollins performance. For years, I had the hardest time convincing people that that ever happened, and there it is.

Steve Smith

Yes! Right you are, Joseph. Even the weirdest Night Music segment I ever saw is up there now: Todd Rundgren, his wife Michelle and Taj Mahal singing a scene from Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore, with a backing band that includes host David Sanborn on saxophone with his Night Music band, Pat Metheny on guitar, Christian Marclay on freaky turntable breaks and Kramer (of Shockabilly and Bongwater fame) on triangle! That one can be found right here.

I've long held onto my VHS tapes of virtually the entire Night Music series, but I bet they're starting to decay -- and anyway, they were recorded on autopilot at extra-slow speed when the series was being aired at 3am every morning in Houston.

God, would it ever be welcome to see this series on disc: Hal Willner at his most maniacally inventive.


Thank you so much for the link to Jon Vickers as "Peter Grimes." I saw him in the role for all six performances when he sang it at the San Francisco Opera in the 1970s and still haven't quite gotten over the experience. Watching the YouTube was a trip in the time machine and by the end of it I was a bawling mess just like at the live performances decades ago. What a match of artist and role.


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Just passing through, great blog by the way. R.I.P Ann Richards


what is quite possibly the utter nadir of western pop music to date, "My Humps" by Black Eyed Peas.

Amen to that.

And you're right, the video is pretty great.

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