Deadsplinter Up! All Night: TV Party

Black Flag once sang We sit glued to the TV set all night, why go into the outside world at all, it’s such a fright. I think we can all relate. Recently I rewatched a few episodes of The Adventures of Pete and Pete. It’s got some excellent music from Polaris, a band created for the show and fronted by Mark Mulcahy of Miracle Legion.

Theme song – Hey Sandy

Does your dog bite?

And Summer Baby from Hard Days Pete

He knew nothing could ever be the same, he had a favorite song.

Do you have a favorite musical TV moment? Thank you for your support of Deadsplinter and DUAN.



  1. Probably the B-52s on SNL in 1980. Since NBC won’t let any of those clips exist on YouTube, I’ll use this one, from an Australian TV program, as a stand-in. One of my favorite songs of theirs.


  2. Fear on Saturday Night Live is probably the top music on tv moment ever.

    Seeing that transitioned me away from E.L.O. and to punk rock.

  3. I wasn’t going to inadvertently post the same thing…  I’m surprised this wasn’t in the posts.

    Da Boss.  57?  Pssssh.  5000 million jillion streams to find something on.

  4. David Bowie doing an other worldly version of his song, The Man Who Sold the World, along with Klaus Nomi on SNL 

  5. Molly Hatchet had a great turn on “Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert.”   I also remember seeing Pat Benatar on there.  My mother’s boyfriend asked me a couple of times who she was.  I got the impression it wasn’t his type of music, but she was his type of gal.

    • Does anybody else remember when SNL was A promotional outlet for musical acts, and not the other way around?  I remember seeing a relatively unknown Tom Petty, maybe 1980, among others.

      • Certainly. Between The Midnight Special and Don Kirschner’s Rock concert, albeit those two shows featured more mainstream acts that signaled “you made it” if you were on. SNL showcased a lot of unknown acts. Late night talk shows picked up the torch later – such as early David Letterman – but yea – you could find acts you never heard of then.

        • Well, hold on now.  It was only 5 years ago that SNL had D’Angelo when he was considered a “never-was”.  I hadn’t been watching, but I was switching channels and saw the beginning of D’Angelo’s performance.  Besides making me an instant huge fan, it has given me my entire sense of fashion.  My whole wardrobe today is based on his wardrobe during this performance, and let me tell you, living in rural Virginia, dressing like this makes something of an impact.  He doesn’t make an entrance until about 1:00 into this clip, but it packs a punch.

          • Great stuff, Luigi. 
            I think to Lemmy’s point that SNL seemed it was a promotional outlet for musical acts back in the day and now it’s more true to say that the musical acts seem to be there to promote SNL. It’s is an astute observation. It may have been more a product of who they had even the pull to book at the time too and now have even more so.  It’s not to say that they still don’t have some of the less mainstream acts still, but it’s not nearly as so as it once was.

            • I understand, but SNL did have the Rolling Stones as a musical guest in 1978, and just this year they’ve had King Princess as a musical guest.  Maybe it’s just a matter of perception and the fog of fond remembrance.  Some of the other little-known musical guests who were on SNL in the 70s are George Harrison, Paul Simon, Ray Charles,  Doobie Brothers, Linda Rondstadt, The Kinks, Carly Simon and Chicago, who were all pretty mainstream at the time.  

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