I can’t remember the last time Saturday Night Live actually had a musical moment worth remembering. As irrelevant as SNL has been in recent years, the musical guests have been especially toothless.
That’s why this Beck clip from last Saturday is such a surprise. Beck and his bandmates (and their puppets) perform Clap Hands acoustic, using mainly flatware, wine glasses and a plastic turkey as their instruments. It’s a classic SNL performance, right up there with Elvis Costello and Paul Westerberg.
BTW…This Ben Folds clip made the rounds a few months ago. Same general concept—something electronic performed acoustically—and to great effect.