The cover of Horses, Patti Smith‘s 1975 debut album, offers one of the most iconic images in popular music, let alone the career of the “Because the Night” rocker. In a black and white photograph shot by Robert Mapplethorpe, Smith stood in a white button-down shirt, black slacks and with her black tie undone and her jacket flung over her shoulder.
In between sketches and commercial breaks on Saturday Night Live, portraits of the host and musical guest for each episode pop up — and one of this week’s featured a tribute to that shot right on down to Smith’s nonchalant expression.
On this week’s SNL, one of the portraits of host John Mulaney featured the comedian (and SNL writer alum) in the outfit and hair style straight off the Horses cover. The gaze, the jacket, the composition — it’s all there, though it pales in comparison to the real thing, of course.
Here’s Mulaney’s take on Smith’s Horses pose below.
John. @Mulaney. ——
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) March 3, 2019