Monday, July 11, 2011

Yesterday's Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder

Especially since a teen and starting with Johnny Carson, I've occasionally watched late night talk shows most of my life. In the late 1970s and early 80s, I'd come across Tom Snyder's Tomorrow. Now as a little treat, I've been catching some of his interviews with musicians from those years compiled on a two-disc set released in 2006. Snyder sits back with his seventies' vibe, smoking cigarettes and coaxing his guests. The set is intimate, cameras drawn close and tight -- nothing like the glitz of the bigger programs then or now; Shatner's Raw Nerve is the only really comparable venue like it that I can think of, though Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley take a similar approach. 

So far, Patti Smith (in 1978) has described Johnny Carson as a "human parachute," landing safely on his feet after gaffes and missteps. She is strange and adorable with Tom, who likes her. Then on another night, in an interview I remember having seen at the time in Chapel Hill: Snyder in 1980 sparring with John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) and Keith Levene of Public Image Ltd., which they describe as "a company," not a band. Finally, guest host Kelly Lange (now a novelist) interviews the Ramones -- and they also play a few songs. Great stuff -- raw and entertaining. Iggy Pop and more still to watch. 

Today's Rune: Joy.    


Charles Gramlich said...

I might enjoy the iggy Pop and Ramones stuff.

Anonymous said...

His show was great.


Cloudia said...

Oh I'd love to watch that with ya!

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Johnny Yen said...

I always got a kick out of Dan Ackroyd's spoof on Snyder.

Did you watch Snyder's interview with Manson in 1981? My folks were out of town, so everybody gathered at my house to watch it; it was fascinating how pathetic and unthreatening Manson turned out to be.

Erik Donald France said...

Cheers and thanks, y'all ~~! JY, I missed the Manson interview at the time. Cloudia -- cheers ~~ JC & CG ~ you betcha ~!