June 27, 2006

Stevie Wonder on Sesame Street...

by Chris Randall
 



The trumpet player looks like my 9th grade English teacher. That's creepy. Otherwise, fly as it gets. I'd go so far as to say super fly. The vamp at the end is awesome. What a great performance. What I really like is how the drummer starts about 15 bpm slow, and Stevie draaaaaaaaaaaggggs him up to the right tempo before the first verse. Nice.


On a side note, that bass player is working hard. Holy fucking shit.

 
 
 

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Jun.27.2006 @ 11:10 AM
RexRhino
Yeah, so Seasame Street had Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock and Johnny Cash as guests. That is really super cool and all! But they still have a spot in hell reserved for them for creating fucking Elmo!
 
 

 
Jun.27.2006 @ 12:21 PM
Adam Schabtach
Nice shirt on the sax player, but I really like the enthusiasm of the kid in the orange shirt. This event must have had a major influence on their development.

It's weird to think that given my age, the age of that clip, and the amount of Sesame Street I watched, I probably saw that performance when it was first broadcast. Can't say that I remember it, sadly.

I have this very vague memory of a brief sketch on Sesame Street that involved some hip-looking Muppet (headband, paisley shirt, Janis-style shades) playing an instrument he described as "the electric peanut-butter jar." It was a jar with some wires sticking out of it; he'd hold the jar (which was sitting on the usual ledge that hid the lower half of the Muppets and their operators from the camera) with both hands and kind of thrash around while some acid-rock guitar riff played. It may have been Hendrix but I really don't know since my parents were more into the Stones and the Beatles than the harder late-60s stuff, and hence I wouldn't have recognized Jimi at the time.

In any case, Sesame Street was a pretty far-out [sic] show, back then.

--Adam

 
 

 
Jun.27.2006 @ 12:55 PM
boobs
classic performance. that kid in the orange sweater is a trip. rcoking out.

stevie wonder is awesome. makes it look easy doesn't he? a couple weeks ago i put together a stevie wonder playlist in my ipod.

you guys remember alice cooper's performance on the muppet show right? i wish that show was still on.

 
 

 
Jun.27.2006 @ 1:28 PM
Tomer
spot the Arp2600 next to his B3.
 
 

 
Jun.27.2006 @ 1:31 PM
Tomer
Or maybe its a farfisa?
shit,Stevie is awesome no matter what he plays :)
 
 

 
Jun.27.2006 @ 2:07 PM
Chris Randall
He's playing a Hohner Clavinet (sorry, but that's a fuckin' duh; this is the classic clav song, and it kind of ruined the clav sound for pretty much anyone else but Joe Walsh...). I believe it is sitting on top of a Rhodes Mk 1, but I couldn't be positive about that. Sitting on top of the Clav is the keyboard for the 2600.

-CR

 
 

 
Jun.27.2006 @ 2:10 PM
Adam Schabtach
Yeah, I remember Alice Cooper on the Muppets.

I was wondering why the 2600 is there. I don't think it gets played in that song. Did Stevie treat the Sesame Street folks to a little private concert? I guess it would make sense--I mean, why not, after you go to the length of hauling all of that equipment in.

--Adam

 
 

 
Jun.27.2006 @ 2:33 PM
Chris Randall
It's his rig. I don't think you'd want to change the rig up much if you were, like, blind and stuff.

That said, Sir Duke has a blistering 2600 lead, and is a contemporary song. Or the bass from Boogie On Reggae Woman et al. So, I'm sure it gets used. He may have performed more than one song for the show.

-CR

 
 

 
Jun.27.2006 @ 2:53 PM
rrrobc
On the same show he used the 2600 to vocode himself singing a blazed out version of the sesame street theme song...

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Just nasty...

 
 

 
Jun.27.2006 @ 2:55 PM
rrrobc
oh wait thats a talkbox! not sure which is cooler!!
 
 

 
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