Thursday, August 23, 2012

Casey at the Mic

Great moments in rock-n-roll media history. We all know 'em.

Elvis shakes it on Ed Sullivan.

The Beatles invade the same Sullivan stage a few short years later.

The Who trash the Smothers Brothers set.

Aretha Franklin mocks a coked-out David Bowie at the Grammys.

The Sex Pistols make David Frost wish he wasn't British.

R.E.M. performs a yet-untitled "So. Central Rain" on Late Night with David Letterman.

Bruce Springsteen plugs in for MTV Unplugged.

Kanye West blindsides Taylor Swift at the VMAs.

And this. Where Casey Kasem throws a profanity-laden five-star nutty.

Over a Long Distance Request. For a perfectly awful Henry Gross song, a song written about the death of Dennis Wilson's dog. Yes, that is all true.

Listen. And love.

1 comment:

  1. OK - not a "great" moment in Rock & Roll Media History - but one that almost broke a band...Duran Duran's Simon LeBon's voice breaking during their performance of 'View to a Kill' during Live Aid: (about 2:54)

    I add it because I remember it being a LOT worse than it actually is, in seeing this video. Hearing all of the feedback spikes tells me that the conditions were ripe for something to go wrong. At the time I didn't appreciate anything Duran Duran did and probably jumped all over this as "proof of their bloated value"...and now I look at it and think "man - tough break." Simon calls it "the most embarrassing moment of his career" and media continues to refer to it as "The Bum Note Heard Round The World". Glad to see that they were able to move past this.