Monday, 1 December 2008

The Wonder-ful World Of Sesame Street


My buddy posted this on Facebook - Stevie Wonder on Sesame Street. Have a listen to this freaking terrific version of his classic "Superstition":




6 minutes and 47 seconds of a kids show dedicated to Stevie and his band funking up the place. I can't tell you how amazing that is. Wait, yes I can...

  • First of all those chugging guitars - oh, what a glorious sound that is. It's a rawer form of the typical funky 70's wakachaka-wakachaka sound and you can almost hear the fingernails scraping the guitar strings.
  • And his band - how tight are they? Very, very tight that's how.
  • And then the extended instrumental ending where he drives home the riff and keeps it on the One.
  • And then he throws down a false ending...
  • And continues with the extended ending while singing "Sesame Street, that's where I will be..."
  • Recorded live - no lip-synching.

Brilliant. This just made my week.

9 comments:

Mad Hatter said...

For me this is right up there with R.E.M's appearance, where they changed the words of "Shiney Happy People" to turn the song into "Happy Furry Monsters"

Bob Turnbull said...

I forgot about R.E.M.'s appearance. That was pretty cool as well. I wonder if Pink Floyd ever appeared on the show...They could've done all 20 minutes of "Echoes". Or perhaps the public service announcement "Careful With That Axe Eugene".

PAUL said...

Man, i wish i lived on Sesame St. in 1972!

Kurt said...

Wow. That simply ruled!

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Bob Turnbull said...

Thanks for the comments folks...

Imagine you're 5 years old and prepping for your afternoon Senior Kindergarten class by catching a late morning episode of Sesame Street - and Stevie blasts that at you. That must've been incredibly cool.

Jamie said...

Wow, I concur...great video. That would probably make a children's musician like Raffi just hang his head in shame.

For more "Sesame Street" fun, I absolutely love Feist's appearance. It's too damn cute for words:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fciD_II7NI

elgringo said...

I loved when James Taylor went on Sesame Street.

I also love Stevie's drummer. Looks like a younger Questlove. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Questlove)

Bob Turnbull said...

Jamie, that was indeed waaaaaay too cute.

So did James Taylor sing "You've Got A Friend", "How Sweet It Is" or "A Junkie's Lament"?