Before there was Seacrest, before there was Stern, before there was a Rick Dees, before--well, just about anyone who's still alive, there was Dick Clark.
I'm old enough to remember watching American Bandstand Saturday mornings on a fuzzy over-the-air channel that beamed into Manitoba from a small station just over the border in North Dakota. Who were these bands? What were these songs? And where did these dancing kids come from?
Forget the game shows. Forget the stupid New Year's Eve countdowns. Forget the TV empire he built. For me, Dick Clark will forever be associated with that show featuring all the singing and dancing.
Bandstand was known mostly for its Top 40 artists: Michael Jackson, Madonna, Kenny Rogers, Wham, the Supremes, Cher, Glen Campbell--that kind of thing. But occasionally, someone from left field would be booked: the Psychedelic Furs, Madness, Bow Wow Wow, Level 42. How that happened I'll never know.
Here are my picks for some of the more unusual Bandstand guests. And yes, all of them have a good beat and you can dance to them.
1. Beastie Boys
2. Public Image Ltd.
4. Adam and the Ants
5. Pink Floyd
6. Talking Heads
7. Simple Minds
8. Wall of Voodoo
9. The Romantics
10. Romeo Void