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Bastille on SNL and other great SNL Performances

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by JPMo, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. JPMo


    Dec 27, 2010
    Canton, Ga
    I wasn't really a fan of this song but watching this past episode on SNL made me change my mind. Its a pretty cool song, great performance and most importantly, a cool bassline!


    While on SNL, lets share some other great performances from the show! :bassist:
  2. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    Live did "I Alone" in the late 90s. I thought they sounded awesome. Can't find it on YouTube.
  3. russpurdy


    Apr 16, 2013
    Nirvana's SNL performance was a good one. I do believe, however, that SNL clips are a bit harder to come by on YouTube compared to talk show performances.
  4. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    It's been ages since I've seen a band performance on SNL that I thought was worth recommending...the only ones that come to mind are REM with Kate Pierson doing "Shiny Happy People", and Frank Zappa doing...uh, I'm not sure what the piece was, might've been "The Purple Lagoon"? ...when John Belushi came out to do his Samurai BeBop Musician routine, and Frank's band aped Belushi's skronking verbatim.
  5. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    Following the trend of great SNL performances from quite a while ago, here is a good one of Pearl Jam doing "Not For You."

    The song was on Vitalogy, and we were all sort of waiting to hear whether Pearl Jam had enough ideas in their heads to stick around past a couple albums (a fate that befell many 90s bands).

    I remember seeing this performance when it aired, which in fact was several months before Vitalogy was released. It was clear in my mind that Pearl Jam was around for the long haul.

    I love the dynamics, how they get really big and loud when the verse approaches the chorus.

    I did find this one on YouTube, but it appears to be an, ahem, "unauthorized" version.

  6. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Maybe...I'm sure you remember Zappa w/ Bozzio/O'Hearn & Don Pardo doin' "I Am The Slime".

    I have a Best Of SNL Music DVD-set...
    Here's some highlights-
    Jewel- "Who Will Save Your Soul" (w/ Joshua Redman on sax)
    Killer version with some cool instrumentation

    Alanis Morrisette- "Ironic"
    Again, a killer version with Chas Chandler & Taylor Hawkins

    Paul McCartney- "Hey Jude"
    This lineup includes Hamish Stuart (on bass), Blair Cunningham (drums), Robbie McIntosh (guitar), Wix Wickens (synth) + Linda. Paul plays piano...great version.
    IMHO, this was PM's best band post-Beatles.

    En Vogue- "Free Your Mind"

    In the early daze of youtube, someone here (Jaquo?) posted a SNL clip of Ornette Coleman's Prime Time. It kicked ass...but it is no longer available at youtube. Imagine, SNL going from Ornette Coleman to what's-her-name Simpson as a musical guest.
  7. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    Many of the current SNL music features seem less like live music performances to me, and more like multimedia presentations, being as much about the visual, the dramatic, and the shocking (in cases) as about the music.

    They're OK as far as they go, and I'm not going to be that guy who says that there's nobody young and talented in music these days. But what I see now is not what I enjoyed growing up, or even 10 years ago.
  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...sounds like the Super Bowl 1/2 time shows.
  9. I always liked this song, nothing earth-shattering, but a catchy tune. When they were introduced, I was sure they'd use samples or pre-recorded vocals. So refreshing that they did I it live and brought in a small choral. Almost unique in this day and age, sad to say.
  10. Radiohead had a kick ass performance of Idioteque a long time ago. Not much instrumentation, a lot samples and drum machines, but the performance was killer. Cool thing about Radiohead in that performance was all the samples and drum machines were analog. One of the guitar players was actively triggering and controlling all the stuff. It was pretty neat. He didn't push a button and jump around.
  11. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    I have a rather vast CD collection (of which I'm not ashamed in this Internet age) and just rediscovered the SNL 25 two-CD collection commemorating the show's 25th anniversary. Lots of great stuff contained therein...including Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, and the best Eric Clapton performance I've ever heard...all "in the moment" with no opportunities for do-overs or overdubs. But to your point, Jewel's "Who Will Save Your Soul" is truly a stand-out performance here. Worth tracking down if you enjoy those old-fashioned Compact Discs...
  12. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    In honor of the Halloween season:
    Screamin' Jay Hawkins

  13. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Devo on SNL blew my mind in 1978. The video looks odd here, but I'm sure that's at least the audio.
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  14. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    I was going to post that Devo one too. It's an incredible performance!
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  15. Not SNL, but Phil Collins and the Roots did a bang up job last night on Fallon:

    He's still got it!
  16. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Here's another early SNL performance that alerted me to important new music that late '70s radio was basically ignoring. They also did Take Me to the River, but I can't find a clip for that.