Wednesday, November 13, 2013

new york's alright . . .

what it is: . . . if you like saxophones
where i found it: email 

Here's a good email chain I was included on for some reason that revolves around John Belushi and the band Fear. Enjoy.

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On Nov 6, 2013, at 3:52 PM, xxx wrote:

Here is FEAR in 1980 on SNL as invited by John Belushi and introduced by Donald Pleasence. Belushi supposedly said he would only make a cameo on SNL if Fear played (I have no idea of the truth of that). Also, in more lore about the event, Lorne Michaels is said to have contacted Ian MacKaye and asked him to show up with "real punks" and he drove a van of fans from DC to be the audience. That sounds suspect; I'm not sure why you would have to look any further than 8th street for real punks in 1980, but here it is... (also, supposedly you can see John Belushi slam dancing in the audience... I can not)


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On Nov 6, 2013, at 4:03 PM, yyy wrote:

NY is alright...if you like saxophones

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On Nov 6, 2013, at 4:33 PM, xxx wrote:

I did not know it was such an event. Today was the first I had ever heard of it, but there is even a Wiki section about it;

1981 appearance on Saturday Night Live

The Decline of Western Civilization brought the band to the attention of John Belushi, who lobbied successfully to get the band a spot as a musical guest on the 1981 Halloween episode of his former show Saturday Night Live. The band's appearance included a group of moshers, among them Belushi, Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat (and later Fugazi), Tesco Vee of The MeatmenHarley Flanagan and John Joseph of the Cro-Mags, and John Brannon of Negative Approach. The show's director originally wanted to prevent the dancers from participating, so Belushi offered to be in the episode if the dancers were allowed to stay.[2] The end result was the shortening of Fear's appearance on TV. They started their second performance by saying, "It's great to be in New Jersey", drawing boos from SNL's New York live audience. Fear played "Beef Bologna", "New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones", and started to play "Let's Have a War" when the telecast faded into commercial. The slamdancers left ripe pumpkin remains on the set. Belushi had offered Fear the soundtrack for his major motion picture Neighbors. The film's producers eventually forced Fear off the project, and Belushi got them the infamous SNL gig as compensation.
After their SNL appearance, which resulted in $20,000 in damages, some clubs chose not to hire the band. A New York Post article later reported the figure to be $500,000. This is believed to have originated from Ving, who told the Post that "...we caused $500,000 worth of damage, a cool half a million dollars worth of damage, ‘cause we’re professionals, and I counted the damage myself."[3]