A themed variety show, in which the skits and music centered around Sha Na Na (a '50s-style "greaser" rock band) and the neighborhood in which they lived (an unidentified inner city neighborhood reminiscent of the Bronx). Written by
Non-musical special guests included Frank Gorshin, Henny Youngman, Phyllis Diller, and Milton Berle; Broadway star Ethel Merman also made an appearance, during which she sang a duet with Bowzer: a (very) reworked version of "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better". See more »
[Opening introduction for every show.]
And now, here they are, all greased up and ready to sing their brains out, Sha Na Na!
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I refuse to die before I get the episodes on DVD, especially the one where the Ramones guest star. Oh man, how frickin' cool is that. One thing that is rarely mentioned in rock trivia is the fact that SHa Na Na, of all bands, influenced punk rock, even today you can hear the style of what they did in pop-punk. Essentially, the took a standard song and sped it up and that's what the Ramones did (and they all dressed like Bowzer haha!!!) OK, so they really influenced me.
They had some really fine original songs too, in addition to the re-vamped oldies, and since they were 'hippies' and spoke ill of president Nixon *gasp* they will always be cool, as long as war and hatred rage across this planet. This fact makes my Sha Na Na cover band, Baa Na Na (started way back when I was too young to see the irony) something I will be forever proud of.
Grease for Peace!! (more than ever)
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