Modern psych rockers the Flaming Lips covered a classic tune from pysch rock vets Pink Floyd live on Fallon’s show this past week. The Lips put out a vinyl version of The Dark Side of the Moon especially for Record Store Day.
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Back in my teen years, I would spend hours watching various talk shows in order to see my favorite boybands perform their new songs and talk about themselves. My all time favorite was the Backstreet Boys. I grew up with their posters on my bedroom walls, their self-titled album was the first CD I ever bought, and I became enraged when snobbish music critics bashed them. So this past Wednesday, I had an enjoyable flashback of those days when the Backstreet Boys appeared on The Bonnie Hunt Show. The group was in fine form, cheerfully telling stories about their families and experiences on the road and performing the catchy single “Bigger”. Furthermore, Hunt is a great host. Unlike some of her daytime rivals, she seems genuinely interested and knows when the focus should be on her and when it should be on her guests. Let’s hope this kind of light yet endearing entertainment continues.
Future TBS late night host Conan O’Brien began his “Legally Prohibited” tour this week, and here’s your first look: O’Brien doing a ridiculously cockneyed Thom Yorke impression while singing Radiohead’s signature hit, “Creep”. This was just the sound check, so the show must be amazing. If you have tickets for a future date, however, you may want to avoid videos of the tour so it won’t spoil any of the surprises you paid at least 40 dollars for. This one should be okay though because, again, it’s just the sound check. But what a sound check!
Last week, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon featured the first ever television appearance of Liquid Liquid, who performed their classic 1981 deep cuts “Optimo” (non-televised and seen above) and “Cavern”, which was sampled infamously and illegally by Grandmaster Melle Mel’s anti-drug anthem “White Lines” (and allegedly recorded when they were slammed out of their minds on coke). Less unearthly and rhythmically disorienting than the originals (possibly due to the show’s acoustics), the band still nevertheless prove themselves to be insanely adept at their craft.
FOX’s Sons of Tucson has only aired four episodes, but the network has now announced that the new series is canceled. Imdb.com lists 13 completed episodes, but it isn’t known if any of them will air at a later date.
I watched the show, but found that it needed some work. The concept, streetwise brothers hiring a slacker to pretend to be their father so that they can stay out of foster care, was interesting, but the show had its problems. While much of the show focused on the often illegal exploits of “fake dad” Ron, weak storylines were put upon the kids, who showed more acting potential. However, the last few moments of the last episode showed some promise, in which Ron took the time to teach his neglected pretend son how to throw a baseball. Also keep in mind that there isn’t really much else on Sunday nights. What do you think? Are you going to miss Sons of Tucson?
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