Black Book Magazine published a profile honoring two iconic television hosts you probably have never heard of, and definitely didn’t know were from Sheepshead Bay. Scott Lewis and Gary Winter of The Scott and Gary Show spent the early 80s producing a cult music and comedy show for public access television. They never made a penny, but they helped generate the buzz behind names like The Beastie Boys, Butthole Surfers (whose lead singer was so acid-rittled he interviewed a mole on his leg), R. Stevie Moore, Shockabilly, and the Clintons. The Scott and Gary Show is to be inducted to NYU’s Fales Collection as an example of downtown and East Village art in the sixties and seventies. And they still toy with the idea of reviving the show.

Here’s a clip of the show featuring some really young Beastie Boys (Mike D. introduces himself as Michael), playing what turns out to be one of their last hardcore sets before becoming the hip-hop fusion sensation we all know.

If you like the video, check out the Black Book profile. It has several more clips and links to videos.

UPDATE (5/4/2012): Because the original YouTube video embedded in this post was taken down, we have added a new one.

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Those were the good old days. Public Access TV was actually quite popular for awhile and was a great venue for performers who would never get airtime on mainstream television.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    Those were the good old days. Public Access TV was actually quite popular for awhile and was a great venue for performers who would never get airtime on mainstream television.

  • http://whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com/ BrooklynQ

    I remember that show. It was incredible. They always had acts that were just about to break. I wish there were shows like that today!

  • http://whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com BrooklynQ

    I remember that show. It was incredible. They always had acts that were just about to break. I wish there were shows like that today!

  • http://www.rsteviemoore.com/ R. Stevie Moore On

    SALUT!

  • http://www.rsteviemoore.com R. Stevie Moore On

    SALUT!

  • Scott Lewis

    hey all…thanks for the comments and memories of our show! we still toy with the idea of resurrecting the show…so you can ever tell!
    cheers
    Scott (of the and Gary Show!)