Dear SNL, Here Are Five Musical Guests We'd Like to See This Season

SNL's StageNew year, same stage.

Last week, we revealed our 2011-2012 wishlist for Saturday Night Live guest hosts, naming five diverse and hilarious stars who could nudge the show’s 37th season to ever greater heights. With this week's news that the first musical guest of the season will be Radiohead, followed by Lady Antebellum, we thought we’d turn our attention to the musical guest slot: Which bands or solo artists would we most like to see performing on that all-too-familiar subway set?

We chose the following five acts based on: 1) their innovation, creativity, and promise of putting on a good show, 2) their “appropriateness” for the gig; i.e. they are either on the cusp of breaking out or are already multi-platinum superstars, and 3) the fact that they will have a new album out in 2011-2012 to promote.


1. Björk

The Icelandic pop genius’s seventh full-length studio album, Bibliophilia, is due out at the end of September and makes use of a freaking Tesla coil as an instrument on the song “Thunderbolt.” So: Björk, Tesla coil—you do the math. Let’s just hope she doesn’t burn down studio 8H.


2. Friendly Fires

This trio is a welcome British riot, making some of the most infectious and anthemic dance-rock around. They also happen to put on electrifying live performances, which are completely joyous and unhinged. This is their breakout year.


3. Empire of the Sun

Another hot electronic act, this one from Australia. EOTS puts a huge emphasis on Vegas-style spectacle, the likes of which we haven't seen since the Pet Shop Boys’ heyday. Outrageous costumes, weirdo backup dancers, and some catchy tunes, to boot. Gaga would be proud.


4. The Horrors

With their fourth studio album, Skying, out this week, this five-piece U.K. band is primed to make a big splash in the U.S. Their sound is hard to describe—it has evolved from noisy art-rock to a more melodic, ‘80s-influenced synthesizer sound reminiscent of Simple Minds. It's just good. If Radiohead has an heir apparent, these guys could be it.


5. Coldplay

Arguably the biggest band in the world (whose members are still under 40), Coldplay's new album, Mylo Xyloto, finally comes out this fall. And we all remember how utterly ridiculous the band's last SNL performance was. It’s high time for another helping of spastic Chris Martin.


Okay, okay—your turn to weigh in. What musical guests would you like to see on SNL this year?

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The National! Amazing and so much more interesting than Coldplay.
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Host and Musical Guest:



Weird Al Yankovic
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Coldplay, The Black Keys and Adele.
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Neon Trees.
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Someone mentioned Sara Bareilles, and i agree! That girl can perform!
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I'll be happy with any indie or synth rock on SNL.
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bring back adele. 21 is probably the best album of 2011. i'm disappointed SNL never thought to reschedule a date for the late amy winehouse. she would've been great. another one would be tame impala
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You surprised me with good taste for selection #1, and as for 2-4, I didn't think you were an idiot ... until you mentioned Coldplay. Coldplay is Radiohead for idiots and people who prefer whiny bullcrap over talent. Just give us Radiohead instead.
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to be honest i want to see jennifer lopez:)
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I hope radiohead plays their old stuff... i really don't want to hear king of limbs or any of the remixes
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You should watch the live performance of King of Limbs ... seriously, it might change your opinion of the album; it did mine.
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Grinderman - and I hope they'd tear the stage into billions of pieces :) and I am sure that they would have no problem with writing a sketch themselves in a good old fashioned George Carlin style rant on society and it's clueless existence.
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I know people rip on SNL but musically they have had some of the best guests ever in almost all fields. I like Bjork to be on this list, still pretty stoked Radiohead is on SNL although "I don't really get King of Limbs"
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Anyone BUT Colplay, please. Nah, nevermind... I can always fast forward.
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Coldplay seems out of place in this list.
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Bush
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If Radiohead is indeed playing on the first episode, it'll be the only episode of SNL I'll ever watch.
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Bjork? Are you kidding or what?
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Whats wrong with Bjork? She is great. Maybe you don't like her kind of music but that does not mean she should not perform on SNL. Most of the people who do perform on SNL are people whos music I don't care for (Black Eye Peas, Lady Gaga, etc.).
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If you like Bjork, listen to Regina Spektor. Now she's the complete package, full of the vocal idiosyncrasies that make Bjork "special."
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She cannot sing, that is what is wrong with her. I don't care for Lady Gaga either.
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Sara Bareilles has still never played on the show while pop flavor-of-the-week artists have gotten their god-awful fifteen minutes. This girl is a contemporary legend, let her play!
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Coldplay's the only one out of the list I'd want, but I couldn't watch the last time they were on.. it was just so annoying
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I'm all for Coldplay being on the show again.
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