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Corey Feldman's panned 'Go 4 It' performance not his first

Actor Corey Feldman arrives at the memorial service for Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles July 7, 2009. Michael Jackson's family and close friends held a private service at a Los Angeles cemetery on Tuesday as fans crowded into the city's downtown area for a star-packed public memorial to the "King of Pop."  REUTERS/Wally Skalij/Pool     (UNITED STATES) - RTR25F4M

Actor Corey Feldman arrives at the memorial service for Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles July 7, 2009. Michael Jackson's family and close friends held a private service at a Los Angeles cemetery on Tuesday as fans crowded into the city's downtown area for a star-packed public memorial to the "King of Pop." REUTERS/Wally Skalij/Pool (UNITED STATES) - RTR25F4M

Corey Feldman’s widely ridiculed "Today Show" performance of his single “Go 4 It” has an historical antecedent.

In 1992, Feldman performed the song “What’s Up with the Youth” from his album “Former Child Actor” on the “Club Howie” segment of Howard Stern’s short-lived stab at late night television.

As did the “Go 4 It” performance, the video for “What’s Up with the Youth” received negative reviews on Youtube, including “This kind of seems like it's all a big joke, except Corey's not in on it”; “I don't know which is worse, his singing or his dancing”; and “I came from the today show performance, and got caught in a paradox! I don't even know how to unsee it.”

The ‘90s performance shares a few more hallmarks of Feldman’s “Today Show” debacle, including:

  • Hair slicked back into a short pony tail
  • Michael Jackson inspired dance moves (actually, he does pretty much the same moves in both performances)
  • Rap interlude (this time by Feldman, not by Doc Ice)
  • Women surrounding Feldman

There are also a few differences:

  • Corey lip syncs on “Club Howie” while he sang on “Today”
  • The women in Stern’s audience wear bikinis. Feldman’s all-female band wears revealing angel outfits
  • Feldman wears Hammer pants on “Stern,” but skinny jeans on “Today”
  • “Go 4 It” includes in several of its verses the word “twerk,” a word that did not exist in 1992

In Feldman's defense, it turned the guitarist in his Corey's Angels band quit four days before he was to perform on "Today," a loss that would prove a challenge for any group.

"“I kind of knew it was gonna be a [bleep] show and an embarrassment,” she told the NY Post, adding Feldman;s dancing during rehearsals “was distracting . . . I couldn’t look at him.”

Feldman was not happy, reportedly threatening her on her voicemail: "Let me tell you, don’t even think about coming back to LA because you’ll never get another [bleeping] gig in that town. Ever."

So if you had to choose one Feldman performance to be your only piece of entertainment on a deserted island for the rest of your life, would it be “Go 4 It” or “What’s Up with the Youth”? Tell us on Facebook.