Watch 80s punk brawlers Fear upset everyone on Saturday Night Live in 1981

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Legendary comedian and actor John Belushi (Blues Brothers/Animal House) was a huge music fan and regular gig goer. He became interested in hardcore punk after seeing Penelope Spheeris’ notorious 1981 documentary, The Decline Of Western Civilization, which explored the LA punk scene – and saw LAPD police chief Daryl Gates attempting to ban the film throughout the city. 

Belushi became a household name in the USA during the 1970s following his appearances on long-running weekly TV variety show Saturday Night Live (SNL) from 1975-1979. By 1981 he’d already left SNL to film The Blues Brothers with Dan Aykroyd, but he returned for the 1981 Halloween show. He’d become friends with Fear frontman Lee Ving and along with fellow punk rock convert, SNL writer Michael O’Donoghue, Belushi booked Fear as the music act for that week’s show. 


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