Thursday, January 03, 2008

An (Unusually) Early Clue to the New Direction

From SNL producer Lorne Michael's short-lived The New Show in 1982, here's Steve Martin (and SCTV's Dave Thomas) with a truly hilarious take on "Billie Jean."



A coveted PowerPop No-Prize will be awarded to the reader who first divines the clip's relevance to the theme of tomorrow's Listomania.

10 comments:

Brooklyn Girl said...

Can't hear it, due to IT fuck-up at work, so I have no idea (best song parody seems too obvious) ... but Steve Martin is tres funny, even when you don't know what he is singing ...

steve simels said...

BG:

It's the actual Michael Jackson track....

Dave said...

Wide stance, toe tapping, scandal... nothing comes to mind.

How about truly obscure bands which feature legendary performers?

return of the plumber said...

Best moves on stage!

TJWood said...

Top Pop/Rock Singles of the '80's?

elroy said...

White singer with no rhythm covers extremely soulful black artist?

MBowen said...

White singer with no rhythm covers extremely soulful black artist?

Which artist did Michael Jackson cover?

ducking...

steve simels said...

No, no, no, no and no.


sorry -- can't think of a hint that wouldn't totally give it away....
:-)

Mike said...

Man, I remember that show. I probably saw all 13 episodes. As I recall, the Pretenders were on once doing 2000 Miles.

Best comedy music performances.

steves said...

If it's for most dead-on or cleverest music parody, you have to give it up right now to Weird Al for "Bob."

But Steve always says "it's the performance" (or something like that), so I'm going to say "Strangest or Most Colorful Interpretation of a Pop Song."