First Drafts of Rock
A running sketch that they've been doing periodically on The Tonight Show is something called, "First Drafts of Rock." These are (supposedly...) earlier performances by famous musical groups singing the initial version of some of their most-popular songs, before they got the lyrics right. The results of these "first drafts" are intentionally awful. Fun, too, is the attention to detail for the re-creations of the musical groups themselves.
This may be my favorite of those I've seen. It is the "first draft" of the song "Blown' in the Wind" as performed by Peter, Paul and Mary. (Though written of course by Bob Dylan.) And the group here is portrayed by Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. Fallon, of course, is known for singing and playing the guitar in numerous sketches, and Bacon was part of an actual musical group, the Bacon Brothers. But it's a pleasant surprise to see what a good job Sedgwick does.
By the way, as lunatic as the song is, they're able to give it a very amusing "twist" ending, so it's worth sticking around all the way through.
For those of you who might be curious about how the song got eventually worked out, here is the final draft version --
7/28/2017 05:37:22 am
That was great! I hope there were at least a few people in the audience who actually knew what group they were imitating. Slightly off-topic but interesting: My wife and I have been to two tapings of Fallon's show, and we noticed the ushers are very careful to seat all the middle-aged and older people in the last few rows in the back -- probably to make sure only the young folks are on camera when they show the audience.
7/28/2017 11:03:51 am
Gary, thanks for your note. Interesting about the seating, and it wouldn't remotely surprise me that that was the reasoning. And I'm sure there were people in the studio audience (and certainly at home) who were able to put the sketch in proper perspective. After all, PP & M weren't just from the '60s, but had a long career that lasted through PBS specials even recently.
7/28/2017 09:18:49 am
Awesome! Thanks for sharing, Bob...
7/28/2017 11:05:05 am
Dear Adam B, thanks, we aims to please. And my best to all the B's. Just know that, to me, you'll always be an A.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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