The Young Ones' anarchic, hypnagogic alternate-reality probably makes the most sense as a televised platform for an obscure post-Pop Group project, but it's still pretty wild to see the lost dance classic "You're My Kind Of Climate" performed live (for real) on the tele. Neneh Cherry, who sang on the studio version, is absent, but Andrea Oliver does just fine. Also, this band needs a reissue campaign, stat.
A wonderfully deviant studio-performance on local San Diego music show Fox Rox from Wolf Eyes, subverting the expectation of doing one of their "hits" (e.g. "Stabbed In The Face") by executing a dynamic, sprawling version of one of their more abstract soundscapes (the first "Dead Hills" piece from their EP of the same name, in this case). Considering a lot of the M.O.R. indie acts that appear to have made up the brunt of the performances during its run, this Wolf Eyes excursion, as evidenced by the mind-numbingly moronic YouTube comments that accompany this video, must have caused a channeling of the Stravinsky riots in a few suburban homes.
With smooth-jazz snore David Sanborn as host and piss-lager stalwart Michelob as sponsor, Night Music sounds less than promising, but the show managed to accumulate a solid slab of visionary performances from the likes of Sun Ra, The Residents, Diamanda Galas, John Zorn, Pere Ubu, Sonic Youth, Nick Cave, Ambitious Lovers, and others. Here's one of my favorites from the show, certainly one of the more challenging for its network TV audience: Christian Marclay abusing vinyl as only he can.