Patti Smith on "Kids Are People Too"

The legendary Patti Smith interviewed by young people and singing "You Light Up My Life," accompanied by composer and accused serial rapist Joseph Brooks, on "Kids Are People Too" in 1979. (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)


  1. I think her version of the song is fantastic. I love when musicians I love transform sickeningly sweet songs into creepy cool covers.

    1. Totally agree. I’ve never enjoyed this song more. Come to think of it, I’ve just never enjoyed this song before.

  2. Wow – that was super amazing. I loved the interview portion, those kids asked some really good questions.

  3. Holy crap, that’s awesome. But I bet if I was a kid in that audience I would have been like ‘Horses! Horses!’ and wouldn’t have appreciated the song at all.

  4. Wow. That is as surreal a thing as I have ever seen on acid, and no teeth clenching afterward. And Molly, I second the “Horses” sentiment. I feel a bit befuddled right now. Did I really just see that?

    1. @ Dedzig

      If you have done a lot of teeth clenching, you obviously were dosed with “street acid” aka strychnine. Or just had some blotter that was not stored properly, which is pretty much everything. Heat will eventually produce strychnine in the blotter. In 1987, I had sampled some original Owsley Orange Sunshine that had been stored, completely forgotten, in a walk-in freezer since 1967. No teeth clenching nor any degradation whatsoever. Always remember – you are what you eat.

  5. For some reason I am reminded of the time Johnny Carson as a bit recited the lyrics to ‘Blister in the Sun.’

  6. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. This made my day. Patti is such a badass. And this is pretty hilarious too.

    1. Help me out here…how was this show related to “Wonderama?” I know the lyrics “Kids are People Too” was in the theme song. I remember the bagels and the wacka-doo, but I thought it was called Wonderama.

  7. wackadoo… damn, you beat me dross1260

    Finally a post I understand. This makes up for all the pokemon ones where I’m WTF.

  8. Funny thing is, while I do not remember watching the Patty Smith segment, I do remember watching the Count Dracula segment the host refers to at the end of the clip. I think this demonstrates the interests and priority’s of a ten year old boy pretty accurately.

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