Finally, after arriving early Friday to get a good place then sitting through three days of rain, portable toilets, and stinky hippies your heroes take the stage: Sha Na Na.
For years I assumed that Sha Na Na played Friday thanks to their placement early in Wadleigh’s film. I’m sure I’m not the only one. But no, The Na, as nobody calls them, warmed up the crowd for Jimi Hendrix on Monday morning.
I am a child of the seventies, when Sha Na Na’s syndicated variety show was popular with people my parents’ age. This plus their corny old-fashioned music made them pariahs in my eyes and ears.
Old-fashioned. Even though their set consisted of songs that were only 10-12 years old (only six in the case of “Wipe Out”), Sha Na Na represented another era to what remained of the Woodstock crowd. Looking back ten years from right now, Jay Z., U2, and New Pornographers all had albums out. In other words, not much has changed in the last ten years musically, but 1969 and 1959 are completely different epochs.
The crowd dug it. You can even see Jimi smiling and looking a little baffled during “Teen Angel.”
Sha Na Na is still around. If you’re nostalgic for a nostalgia act you can visit them here: http://www.shanana.com/
Here’s the band’s complete Woodstock set list and where you can find official (and not so official) recordings:
- Get A Job (Woodstock 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm (CD))
- Come Go With Me
- Teen Angel (Woodstock: The Director’s Cut – Ultimate Collector’s Edition (DVD))
- (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame
- Wipe Out (Youtube)
- Book of Love (Youtube)
- Teenager in Love
- Little Darling
- At The Hop (Woodstock 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm (CD))
- Duke Of Earl (Youtube)
- Get A Job (Reprise) (Woodstock 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm (CD))
Your official (and bootleg) Woodstock soundtrack song count to date: 201
Update: On August 2, 2019, Rhino Records released Woodstock – Back to the Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive and changed the game forever. With exception to two Hendrix tracks and one Sha Na Na cut, the massive box set contains complete sets from every Woodstock artist—even those long believed lost or never recorded.
Here is Sha Na Na‘s set as it appears on the Back to the Garden archive, including announcements, etc.:
1. “Test, Test”
2. GET A JOB
3. COME GO WITH ME
5. TEEN ANGEL
6. (MARIE’S THE NAME) HIS LATEST FLAME
7. WIPE OUT
8. BOOK OF LOVE
9. LITTLE DARLIN’ [incomplete]
10. AT THE HOP
11. DUKE OF EARL
12. Get A Job (Reprise)
13. Chip Monck – “Thank you for making all this possible”