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))
- Jailhouse Rock
- Wipe Out (Youtube)
- Blue Moon
- (Who Wrote) The Book of Love (Youtube)
- 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