In early November, host Steve Martin set the scene with a monologue on President Carter’s efforts to persuade the American public that inflation was merely “a wonderful new opportunity be a millionaire.”
Musical guest Morrison was the ideal candidate to offset this economic turbulence and climate of unrest, entering the stage with a groovy ease to perform his blissed out, synth-sensual tracks “Wavelength” and “Kingdom Hall.”
An album that commanded the attention (and hearts) of pop radio listeners, Wavelength was a romantic endeavor of all sorts, with tracks like “Venice USA” and “Santa Fe / Beautiful Obsession,” that confessed Morrison's endearment of America's western regions. Most notably from the album emerged “Wavelength,” a harmonic 1970’s synth fused, spacey song that Morrison lyrically attested, “could never let [one] down.”
It was certainly no easy feat to follow the likes of Frank Zappa as a musical guest on the late night comedy show, but Morrison did so smoothly, and it further assured Morrison lovers that post-Moondance Morrison was here to stay.