Monday, December 8, 2008

Moon, Martin

I hesitate to link to the following, because it's not all that funny, nor even very entertaining, to tell you the truth. To start off with, it's at least twice as long as it needs to be. But it is of some historical interest nevertheless, because who would have guessed that Steve Martin and Keith Moon had ever even met one another?

Yet they did, and the evidence is here, on a program put together for the tenth anniversary of Rolling Stone magazine in 1977. Art Garfunkel sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water," which was probably something else, and Teri Garr, Mike Love, Bette Midler, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ted Neely, Jesus himself, all put in appearances. Steve Martin wrote it, although I hope he came up with some better sketches than this one:


Gavin said...

Did he write the bit with the dancing strawberries?

T. Nawrocki said...

Ah, you've seen the show. I haven't. According to the IMDB, Martin wrote it with Mason Williams, whom he worked with on the Smothers Brothers Show. Who knows who wrote what?

Also on IMDB, there's a user comment whining about the show and the magazine: "The days of barely getting an issue out the door before deadline or the great issue they put out on Elvis' death are long gone." Ha! I can attest firsthand that the days of barely getting an issue out the door before deadline are very much alive.

Gavin said...

I actually haven't seen it--I never heard anything that made me think it'd be a good use of an hour--but the dancing strawberries (to the tune of "Strawberry Fields Forever") are the stuff of legend.

Kinky Paprika said...

The 15-minute Beatles medley (incl. dancing strawberries) can be seen here:

I just watched for the first time and am astonished.