Hugh Hefner may no longer be among us, but his legacy remains. And while some of that legacy is kind of seedy and weird, some of it is historically and artistically important. But one part of it in particular is both kind of seedy and weird and artistically important, and that's the 1960s show Playboy After Dark
, a name that connotes something vaguely sinister, but which is, in fact, kind of the best.
Playboy After Dark
, hosted by Hugh Hefner, aired from 1969 to 1970. The basic premise of the show was this: CBS would tape a party hosted by Hugh Hefner, which Playboy playmates and celebrities would attend, and during which at some point a really good band would play. Like Saturday Night Live,
except instead of being funny, everyone was just really, really, ridiculously good looking. And it featured legendary artists like Tina Turner and Fleetwood Mac, icons that represented the time in which it was filmed.
Since for some unfathomable reason we lack the modern-day equivalent of Playboy After Dark
, we've compiled the best performances from the show back in the day, for your viewing pleasure:
Steppenwolf Plays and Hugh Hefner's Guest Complain About His Meatballs
Ike & Tina Turner Play and Everyone Secretly Thinks About How Upsetting Ike Turner's Mustache Is
Fleetwood Mac Plays and One of Hugh Hefner's Guests Passes Out on a Pool Table
The Byrds Play and the Lead Singer Talks About Beatle-mania Haircuts
Three Dog Night Plays and Fanboys Over Meeting James Brown
Deep Purple Plays and Hugh Hefner Strums a Guitar While Smoking a Pipe