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April 5th, 2004

SnL Music That Doesn’t Suck

Almost every week when I watch my recorded version of Saturday Night Live, I’ll watch a few seconds of that week’s crappy musical guest (always representing what’s making its way around the airwaves at the time) and fast forward through it. This weekend, though, was the first time I actually watched both performances all the way through. And this is the first time in recent memory where the musical guest so far eclipsed the rest of the show (Donald Trump is definitely up there in the list of five worst hosts).

This week, SnL brought the mighty Toots and Maytals on, who performed the legendary “Pressure Drop” with Jack Johnson and Ben Harper and “Funky Kingston” with The Roots and Bootsy Collins (“Toots, The Roots, and Boots”). Toots is legendary and his guests are some of the most talented cats of the last ten years. Looking at Toots’ new album, True Love, he teams up with everyone from Willie Nelson to Keith Richards to Daddy U-Roy (!).

So, Toots, thanks for the good show on SnL. It’s about time there was a musical guest that didn’t make my fast-forward finger itchy.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday April 5, 2004 -- 9:08:53 am
Good call, Ryan. My girlfriend and I taped SNL because we went to go see Dawn of the Dead (which was pretty good). When we woke up the next morning, we tossed the tape on, and found the hosting to be awful (although the opening skit was funny), but the music was priceless. No doubt, "Pressure Drop" was outstanding. Some of the most passionate singing I've ever seen on SNL.

It can never be a bad show with Bootsy performing. Now, off to the "Worst Host" Ping to tear Trump apart..

FROM: Alex
DATE: Monday April 5, 2004 -- 9:49:33 am
Anything which features Jack Johnson is going to be great. His music is some of the freshest and most original that I've heard in years.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday April 5, 2004 -- 5:27:48 pm
Wait, you're talking about SNL and complaining about the music? Musical guests are the least of SNL's problems.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday April 5, 2004 -- 6:20:53 pm
It's too easy to complain about the writing.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Sunday April 11, 2004 -- 1:29:09 am
Ryan- I was in California all this week and they have a new kick-ass indie radio station in the LA area. The station basically plays stuff like the Cure, Smiths, Descendents, Clash, and Bob Marley. They also had an excellent reggae show on Sunday and had live performances by a bunch of different artists.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Sunday April 11, 2004 -- 10:39:42 am
Matt: I think that's the indie station owned by Clear Channel (read that again.)

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