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    Sitting in a BBQ joint (Benson's) in Fayetteville with two other folks from the TV crew--Ralph the boss (my age) and Sarah, the young production manager. Most of the people in the place are watching the LSU-Arkansas basketball game, while we're watching the Grammys and talking music with the waitress, who plays acoustic guitar. Ralph and I are reminiscing about some of the great acts we saw in the 60s, including Sly and the Family Stone. I ask, "Is Sly still alive?". Meanwhile, a great jam session is going on and the number that's being played is "Higher"--and who should come out towards the end but Sly himself, complete with a blonde mohawk haircut (at least we assumed it was Sly, since the volume was low). It appeared to me that this might have been one of the best Grammy shows ever, with great production numbers and rare matchups. Anyone agree?

  • #2
    No.

    http://www.drudgereport.com/flash5ai.htm

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    • #3
      Sly came out with a Wendy O. Williams mohawk.

      He then seemed to be examining the keyboard to see if they still made 'em with 88 keys.

      Anyone remember the SNL Linda McCartney skit where the keys were color coded? Red, Red, Yellow, Yellow, Blue?

      Anyhow, that had to be one of the more bizarre live TV appearances ever.

      You think the concert promoters are lining up so people can pay $100 to watch Sly groove around for four minutes?

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      • #4
        U2 is exactly 19 years past its peak and Arcade Fire got shut out. Difficult to take the show seriously.

        http://mb.trackandfieldnews.com/discuss ... 606#216606

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        • #5
          Arcade Fire needs to come up with a plan to save the world.

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          • #6
            Funny.

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            • #7
              Re: Grammys/Sly

              Originally posted by Walt Murphy
              ...It appeared to me that this might have been one of the best Grammy shows ever, with great production numbers and rare matchups. Anyone agree?

              from SF Chron

              <<Even the bizarre sight of a decrepit Sly Stone in a blond Mohawk making his first public performance in more than 19 years couldn't rescue the 48th annual Grammy Awards telecast Wednesday night.

              After a string of listless versions of classic Sly and the Family Stone hits by younger-generation artists such as Joss Stone, Van Hunt, Fantasia, John Legend and others, the reclusive 61-year-old Howard Hughes of rock strode out on stage in a gold lame cloak with his hand in a cast, sang two choruses of "I Want to Take You Higher," and split, leaving the all-star ensemble -- which also included a few members of his original band -- to finish the song by themselves. .....>>

              http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... 01&sc=1000

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              • #8
                We watched it and enjoyed it much more than usual. However, when the hell did that U2 album come out? I thought it was at least 2 years old. Sly was bizarre to say the least; not sure if he actually sang or played the keyboards. I thought Paul Mc's rendition of helter skelter was brilliant (but how his new album got a nomination beggers belief). Listened to The Joshua Tree while driving to the Bay Area a few days ago; it has not aged very well...

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                • #9
                  I've never watched "American Idol", but their impact on modern music would seem to be about nil.

                  What if the Academy Awards devoted a large portion of their telecast to "actors" from "Survivor" or "The Real World"?

                  When you pander to the lowest common denominator of American musical taste, it's amazing guys like McCartney bother to show up, and guys like me bother to watch.

                  Word.

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                  • #10
                    Listening to Greg Kihn on the way to work this morning (he's now a DJ in San José) and he said he quit paying attention to the Grammies the year that Gail Garnett ("we'll sing in the sunshine") beat Dylan.

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                    • #11
                      Toto won 7 Grammys in 1983.

                      Check out this all-star line-up!

                      http://www.rockonthenet.com/archive/1983/grammys.htm

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                      • #12
                        All I'll say is this.....

                        The band of Patrice Rushen (keys), Nile Rodgers (guitar), Randy Jackson, (bass--from American Idol, not RJ from the J5), and Greg Errico (drums) was jammin'!!!!!!!!! Unfortunately, the singers were NOT up to par!!!!!!

                        Sorry for a post that's 2 years late!!!!!!!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by twittering debutante
                          Toto won 7 Grammys in 1983.

                          Check out this all-star line-up!

                          http://www.rockonthenet.com/archive/1983/grammys.htm
                          Wow. Thank goodness for CFNY back then:

                          http://www.spiritofradio.ca/

                          It's founder had one of the geatest radio voices.

                          http://www.spiritofradio.ca/MediaH/AirC ... masses.MP3

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by twittering debutante
                            Arcade Fire needs to come up with a plan to save the world.
                            "Further proof that Canada is cooler than America: While our high schools get motivational speakers and pep rallies for special events, Canada's kids get concerts by the Arcade Fire in their cafeteria."



                            http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/f ... rcade_Fire

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                            • #15
                              AF made the NYT mag, Grammy people are morons:


                              "The musicians seem to have strengthened their collective immunity to hype by resolutely doing what they want: they turned down the chance to tour with R.E.M. so they could continue performing their full-length shows; they refused to play Britain’s “Top of the Pops,” on which bands traditionally lip-sync their material, until they were permitted to play live; and they resisted the entreaties of several major record companies, made over a series of lavish dinners, to leave Merge, the independent label that released “Funeral.”"


                              http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/04/magaz ... ref=slogin

                              This may not need a log in:

                              http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/04/magaz ... nted=print

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