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Sha Na Na is a cover band specializing in songs from the 1950s Pop and Rock & Roll eras. Their three biggest claims to fame:

  1. Appearing at Woodstock. They were sidelined on the playlist due to various difficulties until Jimi Hendrix threatened not to play until they played first.
  2. In the film Grease they play the band playing at the High-School Dance.
  3. Their self-titled syndicated show from 1977-1981 ("hey, there, all you greasers!").


  • Affectionate Parody: Of 1950s music and Greaser culture.
  • Alliterative Name: Screamin' Scott Simon.
  • Book on the Head: In an episode where Jocko is trying to make himself less uncouth to impress a girl, he sits with a book on his head while passing the potatoes at a practice dinner. He keeps the book steady but fails at saying "here you go" without saying "youse."
  • Carpet of Virility: Tony, the gold laméd singer with the thinning hair, sure makes up for what he lacks on the top.
  • Cannibal Cauldron: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" song/sketch takes place in Darkest Africa where a few jungle explorers get put into the pot.
  • Every Episode Ending: Every episode of their TV show ends with "Goodnight Sweetheart" and Bowzer (Jon Bauman)'s Catchphrase, "Grease for Peace."
  • Flexing Those Non-Biceps: Bowzer flexes his during his bass solo in "Goodnight Sweetheart."
  • Greaser Delinquents: Most of the band are portrayed like this.
  • Hidden Depths: The original members all went to Columbia University in the late 1960s. Scott Powell (aka Tony Santini) is an orthopedic anthroscopic surgeon. Lampshaded by Donny in one episode opening: he clarifies that while he plays the dumb guy, he isn't really dumb...then he sticks a banana in his ear.
  • Long Runner: Began in 1969; that's 45 years (as of 2014).
  • Nothing but Hits: As a tribute band, they only play songs that most people into fifties music will have heard of.
  • One-Steve Limit: Scott Powell changed his stage name to Tony Santini because the band already had a Scott: Screamin' Scott Simon, the pianist.
  • Precision F-Strike: On The Golden Age of Rock and Roll album, one of the lead singers tells the audience: "We've got just one thing to say to you fuckin' hippies, and that is that rock and roll is here to stay!"
  • Revolving Door Band: Only two original members left out of 15.
  • Special Guest: Most episodes of the show include an appearance by a genuine 1950s singer or group who would sing one of their big hits.
  • Spell My Name With An S: Or in this case without one. It's "Bowzer", not "Bowser". He isn't a giant fire breathing turtle.note 
  • Token Minority: Denny, the only black person in the group. Naturally he's the only one who isn't a street punk, being much more cultured.
  • Working on the Chain Gang: Surprisingly not during the song of the same name, but in the "Rock Around the Clock" sketch. The prisoners are hitting rocks with hammers.