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May 12th, 2009


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09:44 am - I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen, there's no reason to do this song here
Radio Radio is coming out for Rock Band DLC today.

I hope it starts with a few bars of Less Than Zero.

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From:derspatchel
Date:May 12th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
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He wanted to play Radio Radio on SNL, the label insisted he play the "hit" single (or at least not the song that's all about the commercialization and bastardization of the medium) so he bit the hand that fed him and played it anyway.

Depending on who you believe, Costello was banned from SNL either from label pressure because he played "the bad song" or (and this is the reason I believe, and it's mentioned in Tom Shales' excellent history of the show) the song ran over his allotted segment time and Lorne Michaels, who runs a tight live schedule, went apeshit.

(For the producer of a live show that prides itself on the "anything could happen" factor, Lorne absolutely hates it when something unexpected throws off the schedule.)

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