When SCTV moved to NBC, NBC provided a list of 'suggestions' for the format of the show. One of the few that was accepted was to have a musical guest every week or so. To paraphrase Dave Thomas, it meant five less minutes they had to write for the show each week. The variety of musical guests ended up being pretty eclectic; they were usually written into a sketch. Occasionally this resulted in a great sketch, and generally added a touch of verisimilitude to some of the SCTV programs.
Earl Camembert almost interviews Levon Helm for One On the Town. Levon performs 'Sweet Peach Georgia Wine' and 'Summertime Blues'.
Dr John headlines at Johnny Larue's new club in 'Polynesiantown'. Dr John performs 'Iko Iko' and 'Such a Night'.
Southside Johnny stars in 'Southside Fracas'. He performs 'All I Want Is Everything' and 'Fever'.
Walter Cronkite interviews Robert Gordon before the latest launch of the Space Shuttle. Robert performs 'Some Day, Some Way'.
Roy guests on Mel's Rockpile ('Pretty Woman'), as well as playing a song in his own segment ('Workin' for the Man').
The Tubes fish for large mouth bass on The Fishin' Musician ('Sushi Girl'), and then save Lola's special Bouncin' Back to You ('Talk to Ya Later').
Bob and Doug go to a club with LaRue and steal Brian Johns' topic: Ian Thomas. Ian sings 'Hold On' and 'Pilot'.
Al Jarreau stars in 'The Jazz Singer', the touching story of a jazz singer ('We're In This Love Together') who wants to be a cantor against his father's wishes.
Wendy O Williams and The Plasmatics go on a photo-safari on The Fishin Musician ('Doom Song').
Natalie Cole guests on The Sammy Maudlin Show ('Nothin But a Fool').
Rough Trade guest on Pre-Teen World ('High School Confidential').
Eugene Fodor stars in 'New York Rhapsody' ('Dance of the Goblins').
James Ingram headlines opening night at the 3D House of Beef ('Just Once').
The Boomtown Rats star in 'Teacher's Pet' ('The Elephant's Graveyard'), and are blown up on Farm Film Report ('Never In a Million Years').
Gerry Todd Plays some video from Talking Heads ('Once In a Lifetime') and The Plastics ('Everybody Knows') on the Midnight Video Special.
Tony Bennett guests on Bob and Doug's variety special The Great White North Palace, performing 'I Wish I Were In Love Again' and 'The Best is Yet to come'.
Third World go fishing for antiques on The Fishin' Musician, performing 'Try Ja Love'.
Carl Perkins fishes for arctic char on The Fishin' Musician ('Matchbox').
Hall and Oates guest on The Sammy Maudlin Show ('Did It in a Minute') to plug their new film Chariots of Eggs.
Dave Edmunds corrupts the minds of America's youth in 'I Was a Teenage Communist'. He performs 'From Small Things, Big Things Surely Come'.
Jimmy Buffett goes charter balloon fishing on The Fishin' Musician ('Slow Boat to China').
John Cougar is Jeckyl to Ed Grimley's Hyde in 'The Nutty Lab Assistant' ('Jack and Dianne'), and demonstrates the latest LaRue Tachi stereo system ('Hand To Hold On To').
Linda Hopkins guests on Stars In One to promote her new film 'The Balconies of Paradise' ('Find Someone You Can Love').
America rehearse 'Right Before Your Eyes' in the SCTV studio as Gus Gustofferson looks on.
Banda Brava help Mr Mambo put across his inspirational message on Words to Live By ('Brazil').
Andrae Crouch shows Johnny LaRue the true meaning of Christmas ('Soon and Very Soon').
Crystal Gayle stars as a young singer on her way up in 'A Star Is Born'.
Ben Vereen upstages Bobby Bittman at Bobby's Vegas show ('This Joint Is Jumpin'), prompting Bobby's sudden retirement.
Joe Walsh takes Gil Fisher on a snipe hunt on The Fishin' Musician ('I Can Play that Rock and Roll').