May. 12th, 2009

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My friend svava posted an interesting question on her LJ-what are some of your favorite, must-see videos on the internet?

I'll take a different approach from the usual viral videos-my favorite must-see videos are music performances that you one wouldn't have been able to easily find pre-internet....

For pure awesomeness, there's Jefferson Airplane performing White Rabbit and Somebody to Love on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and the Beatles peforming This Boy.

For pure sillyness, the Royal Guardsmen performing Snoopy vs. the Red Barron.

I love Peter, Paul, and Mary, and while they were awesome the past three times I've seen them, there's something to be said for these videos when they were really in their prime: I'm in Love with a Big Blue Frog a 1965 black and white recording of San Francisco Bay Blues (my favorite song involving kazoos!), and a 1966 color version of Jane, Jane from the Andy Williams Show.

There are some awesome black and white Tom Lehrer performances ranging from Wernher von Braun to The Vatican Rag to Poisoning Pigeons in the Park. There's also some classic Tom Lehrer videos from the Electric Company, like the L-Y song.

YouTube has some songs from an '80s TV special involving The Smothers Brothers performing with the Boston Pops, including Boil that Cabbage Down and Quando Caliente El Sol.

There's a great version of Hush Little Baby as performed by Yo Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin on an Asian television station.

From the extremely random but good department, Mama Cass Elliot and Sammy Davis Jr. doing a Vegas-style rewrite of I Dig Rock and Roll Music.

Papa Denny Doherty gets the spotlight in the Mamas and Papas' "Dancing Bear" followed by Mama Cass getting the lead vocals in "Dancing in the Street" in this video.

Cass Elliot solos on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, performing a less than cheery but awesome tune called California Earthquake.

The legendary New Orleans blues performer, Dr. John, has some good videos on Youtube, including How Come My Dog Don't Bark When You Come Around and Iko Iko (the quality of the Iko Iko video improves after the 2 minute mark....)

Lastly, R.E.M. performing Furry Happy Monsters on Seasame Street was pretty darn awesome!


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