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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

John Belushi: Unsung Hero Of The Punk Rock

John Belushi (real name: John Belushi) was a huge punk rock fan, especially of The Dead Boys and Fear. Before his death in 1982 he was talking of starring as a journalist in a film about punk. He played drums for a benefit show for Dead Boys drummer Bobby Blitz at New York's CBGB's and held as a condition for appearing on the Halloween, 1981 episode of Saturday Night Live that Fear be the musical guest. For the film Neighbors he wanted Fear on the soundtrack so he blasted Fear in the executive offices and jumped on the furniture.

The songs Fear played on SNL were"Beef Bologna", "New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones", "Let's Have a War" and "I Don't Care About You." Skins and punks, some from DC (Ian says he and Henry were there) slammed, trashed and naughty words were spoken. There was a quick cut to commercial.

Fear's Spit Stix wrote that "In 1982 I produced demos written by FEAR and John Belushi for the movie Neighbors with Belushi singing. The final tracks were produced by Steve Croppa and vocal coached by Lee Ving and Mick Jagger, but were never used as Belushi passed away before its' release".


Blogger Richard said...

I saw a special on the ten most hated people in America when I was a kid. One of the ones near the top was the woman who packed Belushe's snout with the nose candy while he was passed out. Too bad, really.

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