By Kevin Rutherford
The Thanksgiving episode of Saturday Night Live‘s 40th season may have not brought out the long line of special guests in its sketches, but the musical performances were another animal.
Mark Ronson, gearing up for new album Uptown Special and shortly after premiering new single “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars on vocals, took to 30 Rock Saturday night (Nov. 22) to take us back to a time when roller rinks ruled supreme for two performances engaging for audiences old and now.
“Uptown Funk,” the project’s first single, shimmers with its decades-old disco funk, and much like the song’s video that was released earlier this week, the tune’s live debut was an appropriate period piece. A horn section, backing band and backup singers flanked Mars and Ronson, who added electric guitar, with neon and twinkling lights surrounding them from side to side and above the stage. Would have been a snug fit on SNL in its first season, let alone its 40th.
Mars and his four-man crew pulled off their share of in-sync dance moves while crooning the track, creating an infectious, raucous party atmosphere.