The Ledge: Episode 6

The latest episode of The Ledge is a history lesson on how a mixed-up teenager became a middle-aged music snob. Listen to it at 9 am and 9 pm on Friday or download it here.

1. Sex Pistols, "No Fun" (from final Winterland Concert) (Intro from NBC's Weekend, July 31 1977)

2. Ramones, "Blitzkrieg Bop"

3. The Clash, "Safe European Home"

4. Boomtown Rats, "(I Never Love) Eva Braun"

5. Elvis Costello, "Radio Radio" (from SNL)

On December 17, 1977, Elvis Costello and the Attractions performed as a last-minute replacement for the Sex Pistols, who were unable to obtain passports. NBC and the show's producer Lorne Michaels didn't want the band to perform "Radio Radio", since the song protests the state of the media. The band defied them by beginning to play their song "Less Than Zero", stopping, with Costello telling the audience that there was no reason to do that song, and telling the band to play "Radio Radio" instead. It infuriated Michaels because it put the show off schedule, and the band were barred from performing again.

Note: Eventually Lorne Michaels put his grievances aside, lifting the ban, and Elvis Costello would appear as musical guest in 1989 and 1991. He also reprised his performance of "Radio Radio" with the Beastie Boys for a 25th anniversary special aired on September 26, 1999.

6. 999, "Homicide"

7. R.E.M., "1,000,000"

8. The Suburbs, "Love Is the Law"

9. No Direction, "Radio Education"

10. Replacements, "Bastards of Young" (from SNL)

The influential alternative group The Replacements were banned from the show due to their behavior after they appeared on the show on January 18, 1986 to promote their first album with Sire Records, Tim. When it came time for them to perform their first number, "Bastards of Young," they were intoxicated and several cast members were unsure whether they could perform. Lead singer Paul Westerberg would further aggravate circumstances when he yelled "fuck" to the crowd during "Bastards of Young". The band went on to perform one more song, "Kiss Me on the Bus".

Note: In subsequent rebroadcasts of this episode, the "fuck" is censored out of "Bastards of Young." Lead singer Paul Westerberg returned as a solo musical guest and Bassist Tommy Stinson is featured on a playbill during commercial breaks during the most recent season.

11. Husker Du, "Green Eyes"

12. Camper Van Beethoven, "The Day Lassie Went to the Moon"


Two SNL nuggets: During "Radio, Radio," Michaels stood just off-stage and flipped off Costello for the entire performance; When The Mats' came out for the second number, they all had traded clothes with one-another.
the goddess said…
is it redundant to leave the exact same comment in two different places?

what happened to part two of jangly pop goodness??!! it's all about the punk radio now, isn't it! dare i call you a sellout? (tee hee hee) it is, of course, a great show, but there's a noticable direction change! =)
The Goddess said…
(if it is okay to leave identical comments in multiple mediums)...of course, i should be slapped for judging a show by it's 1st 35 minutes. 1,000,000 has actually been in heavy rotation lately...and the burbs, cvb, etc. FABULOUS once again, mr. hudson!
Anonymous said…
Oh boy - more weird music no one listens to.

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