FEAR 10/31/81 Saturday Night Live


Classic. Although this has nothing to do with the "Boston Hardcore" film that we are making I just had to post it. This was on a VHS tape that Jaime Sciarappa (SS Decontrol / Slapshot) gave me to look thru for material for the film. This is the 1981 Halloween Saturday Night Live episode which featured as music guest the band Fear. The band's appearance included a group of moshers, among them John ...Belushi, Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat (and later Fugazi), Tesco Vee of The Meatmen, Harley Flanagan and John Joseph of The Cro-mags, and John Brannon of Negative Approach. The band
first performed "I Don't Care About You." They started their second
performance by saying, "It's great to be in New Jersey," drawing boos from SNL's New York live audience.
Fear then played "Beef Bologna," "New York's Alright If You Like
Saxophones," and started to play "Let's Have a War" when the audio and
video of the telecast faded into commercial. The shows director freaked the fuck out. During the performance the
slamdancers left ripe pumpkin remains on the set and stage speakers.
John Belushi also offered Fear the soundtrack for his major motion picture Neighbors that he was shooting at the time. The movie studio eventually forced Fear off the project after Belushi's
death. Shortly after the 1981 Halloween SNL appearance, which resulted
in $20,000 in damages the band was blackballed and some clubs refused to book them - Drew Stone
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— with John Joseph.
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