Bleachers brings the Jersey Shore sound (including not one, but two saxophones) to SNL. Jack Antonoff also brings his Dad to back him up on guitar while he sings about his parents.
Nobody rocks harder than a 70s funk-rock band with two drummers.
OK, I’m calling it: Sugar and Booze (which presciently came out last Christmas) is the most appropriate song for CFH (Christmas from Home) 2020.
Ana Gasteyer singing it live last year:
- Namechecks: Hendricks, Manischewitz
- Preferred Cider Mixer: Rum
Sticking with the theme, the official runner up: Cider and Hennessy by Jordin Sparks:
- Namechecks: Hennessy (obviously), Martinelli’s
- Preferred Cider Mixer: Hennessy (obviously)
Bonus: The studio version of Sugar and Booze:
Here’s a Christmas bonus: Darlene Love sings Christmastime for the Jews, a Robert Smigel/Saturday Night Live production from 2005. Possibly more information than you need on the history of this music video at Uproxx.
From 2009, Darlene Love sings Christmas, Baby Please Come Home. Or, if you prefer, listen to her first appearance on David Letterman in 1986.
No, really, we’ve got nothing better to do. Another one of those songs I had forgotten about (until hearing it on the Friday Night Freakout). Fine, it was supposed to be ironic, but is it really?
Originally released on Black Flag’s 1981 album Damaged, then re-released on their EP TV Party with the actual tv show “Fridays” switched out for “Wednesdays,” for some reason, then included on the Repo Man soundtrack (yeah, I forgot it was on there, too).
Yeah, it’s good.
Many of Tom Petty’s music videos in the 1980s were imaginative, visually rich movies that were inspired by earlier literary works.
Things get started in 1982 with You Got Lucky, in which the Heartbreakers motor through a presumably postapocalyptic desert and rediscover the boom box and electric guitar. The Mad Max aesthetic is more derivative than inspired, but the band demonstrates that they can wear hats well, and Battlestar Galactica and an animated Chuck Berry make fleeting appearances.
His creative, ultimately disturbing, 1985 video with the Heartbreakers for Don’t Come Around Here No More has a very ’80s Alice trapped in Wonderland, with Petty as the Mad Hatter (top hats were a thing for him). The song was written with Dave Stewart (Petty’s next door neighbor when an arsonist set fire to Petty’s house), who claimed it was inspired by a Carrollesque night he spent at a party at Stevie Nicks’ house.
Runnin’ Down a Dream, from his 1989 solo album, is a black and white animated video inspired by the early twentieth century comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland. Petty is led through a dream landscape by a small, cigar-chewing figure wearing a crown, a clear homage to Slumberland‘s Flip the clown. On his adventure, there are allusions to Wonderland, Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon, and King Kong.
One morning in 1987, someone set fire to Tom Petty’s house while Petty, his wife, child, and housekeeper were inside it. Everyone survived, but the entire house, except for his basement recording studio, was quickly consumed by the flames. The arsonist was never captured.
After the fire, Tom Petty did two things: he rebuilt the house, and wrote I Won’t Back Down. “There’s not a hint of metaphor in this thing,” he said of the song, which was released on his 1989 solo album.