Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental amanuensis Hop-Sing and I are off to the Cape for a weekend of posing at the salon of New Yorker cover artist Barry Blitt, fresh from his unambiguous gift to the Obama campaign.
This time, Barry's doing a cover for National Geographic, and he'll be drawing me dressed in Hassidic garb, complete with Star of David and a prayer shawl, in a scene where I'm eating the flesh of Catholic babies and using their blood to make Passover matzoh. Of course, since everybody knows I'm a Vegan, it will obviously be taken as a satire of wingnut anti-semitism. Really -- who could think otherwise?
In any case, posting by moi will necessarily be somewhat fitful for a few days.
But until then, as always, here's a fun project for you all to contemplate:
COOLEST TV MOMENT FEATURING A ROCK STAR OR BAND EVER!!!!
Arbitrary rule: NO VIDEOS!!!
I'm not kidding about this -- We're talking unexpected guest shots, awesome live performances, odd cameos and the like, okay?
Let me repeat: NO VIDEOS!!!!!
Okay (and remember -- NO VIDEOS!!!!!!!), here's my totally top of my head Top Seven:
7. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Dave Grohl -- Saturday Night Live
From November 19, 1994. There's no clip of it on YouTube, alas, but the unbilled Grohl, filling in for just-departed original Heartbreaker Stan Lynch, played "You Don't Know How It Feels" about a hundred times harder than the studio version. Stunning, actually.
6. The Bedbugs -- F-Troop
That's the pre-Little Feat Lowell George and Richie Heyward. I saw this episode of the show back in the day and remember thinking -- Who are those guys?
5. Madonna and Britney Spears -- The 2003 MTV Awards
The infamous lip-lock. Jon Lovitz, when asked what he thought of it by David Letterman, replied "It was terrible! By the time I got my pants down, it was over!"
4. Paul Revere and the Raiders -- Where the Action Is
From 1966, examples too numerous to mention. I can't tell you how many college classes I cut to see this show, primarily for the Raiders. Seriously -- if it wasn't for these guys, I'd have had a successful law career and be comfortably retired in Tahiti, instead of posting on a C-list blog from the Paris of the Tri-State Metropolitan Area.
3. The Beatles -- The Jack Paar Show
From January 3, 1964 B.S.(Before Sullivan), this is their actual American TV debut. I remember sitting in front of my parents 12" RCA console and getting chills watching this.
2. The Rolling Stones -- The Ed Sullivan Show
The infamous performance from January 15, 1967, mumbling the lyrics to "Let's Spend the Night Together." To my surprise, yet another clip inexplicably missing from YouTube. This one's from Top of the Pops around the same time, though; never seen it before, but it's quite cool.
And the number one, nothing else even comes close, coolest rock TV moment of all time is ---
1. Elvis Costello and the Attractions -- Saturday Night Live
From December 17, 1977. Elvis starts to play "Less Than Zero" but breaks it off and bursts into the anti-censorship "Radio Radio." Stunned SNL and NBC execs then ban him from the show for twelve years. Another clip not -- shockingly -- on YouTube at the moment.
Alrighty now -- what would your choices be?
[Shameless Blogwhore: My new Cinema Listomania is up over at Box Office. As always, if you could see your way to going over and leaving a comment, an angel gets it wings.]