On the heels of the announcement that Orange County’s finest are reuniting for a summer 2009 tour, their first in five years, comes news of the band’s appearance on teen-soap supreme Gossip Girl. What do we know? That they’ll perform 1981 classic “Stand and Deliver” by Adam and the Ants (a band who wore makeup nearly as well as Stefani does), and that it will be the show’s finale, airing May 11. (The idea that Chuck Bass will try to mack his way into Gwen’s pants for Park Avenue cougar points is but a dream.)
So how do you think this will hold up in the grand pantheon of major-musicians-who-incongruously-perform-at-a-high-school-prom-or-local-coffee-house for TV shows? An act as sleek and pop-glam as No Doubt seems a perfect fit for the high-gloss world GG inhabits — as did pairings like the Killers on The O.C., or Mary J. Blige on One Life to Live. (She’s “No More Drama,” they’re nonstop drama!)
But the vast majority are just deliciously random combos. I mean, Whitney Houston on Silver Spoons? The Flaming Lips on the original 90210? The Doobie Brothers on What’s Happening? Or the Wu-Tang Clan on The Larry Sanders Show, with the monumentally uncomfortable (and NSFW) Jeffrey Tambor, pre-Arrested Development:
After the jump, Devo on short-lived ’80s sitcom Square Pegs (teeny teenage dancing Sarah Jessica Parker alert!).
These are but a couple of our personal olden-times favorites. Readers, what are yours?
Devo on Square Pegs. Skip to about 4:45 for the performance: