SNL Transcripts: Nathan Lane: 12/06/97: Songs That Ruined Everything


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 23: Episode 8

97h: Nathan Lane / Metallica

Songs That Ruined Everything

Dennis DeYoung…..Will Ferrell

Dennis DeYoung: [ singing at piano ]“I know you think these are the worst of times
I do believe it’s true.”

Hi. I’m Dennis DeYoung, lead singer of the rock group Styx. And that was our smash hit, “The Best of Times”, a song that turned a respected art-rock quintent into an easy-listening laughingstock. You can hear that and other career-destroying hits on an amazing collection called “Songs That Ruined Everything”. You’ll get dozens of songs which singnalled the beginning of the end for many formerly cool artists. Including:

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“Abracadabra”, by the Steve Miller Band..

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..”Dancing In The Dark”, by the Boss – Bruce Springsteen..

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..and “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” by Rod Stewart.

I’m sure we all remember the moment we lost respect for one of our favorite artists. Now you can relive that moment again and again. Imagine it’s 1986, and you’re eagerly awaiting the new album by the world’s greatest rock-and-roll band.. and they give you this: [ sound clip plays ] “Harlem Shuffle”, by the Rolling Stones. You’ll also get:

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“Owner Of A Lonely Heart”, by Yes.

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..”Say, Say, Say”, by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. Hey! This one ruined two reputations!

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And, of course, “Jump”, by Van Halen.

And if you act now, we’ll include a bonus album: “Songs That Made ItImpossible For Even The Most Ardent Fan Not To Realize Something WasSeriously Wrong.” We’re talking about songs that pounded the final nailinto the coffin of artistic legitimacy. Such as:

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“We Built This City”, by Jefferson Starship..

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..”Invisible Touch”, by Genesis..

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..”We Didn’t Start The Fire”, by Billy Joel..

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..and Styx’s own “Mr. Roboto”.

Each of these songs reminds us that even our best and brightest can enter a heart-breaking creative freefall, from which there’s no escape! So, “domo arigato”!

[ continues singing ]

“I’m sailing away-ay-ay..”

Announcer: Send $19.95 to:
Dennis DeYoung Enterprises
2250 E. Madison Street,
Chicago, Illinois

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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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