I love this performance so much. All the songs are rockin’ as fuck, and everything is always better with horns. “No One Knows My Plan” is particularly fantastic.
Obligatory John gushing: SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH ADORABLENESS in here. I think the best part has to be the dorky little dance during plan, but I also completely adore the part where he’s looking up at the ceiling while explaining how they’re NOT WEIRD AT ALL OK (yeh John you just keep telling yourself that) and the hopping around during “The Guitar.” Also that is some QUALITY HAIR.
So I don’t know about anyone else, but I wasn’t aware we had the full performance of this and I’M KIND OF REALLY EXCITED. On the old Video Bootlegs VHS tapes it’s cut off, starting in the middle of the first verse, and I thought I remembered it being the same way with the version on the Gigantic DVD, so I thought the full thing was just lost to the sands of time. BUT HERE IT IS. EXCITING.
I love this performance, so much. I was too young for this incarnation of The Tonight Show so the significance of the band is lost on me, but they sound great, and my favourite part is how The Johns (especially Linnell) are clearly completely overwhelmed with excitement.
kakejunk2 said: I SO wish Johns were asked to host and be musical guests on SNL. It’s New York. They’re right there!
I FUCKING KNOW, right? That would be awesome. I can particularly see Flans being fab in sketches (and John being all awkward and adorable probably, haha).
But god, really I would just love to see them on TV at all these days. It’s sad, I have TONS of TV appearances from earlier in their career but it seems that lately when they have a new album out they’re on one late night show and that’s it. I’m sure part of it is MTV as an actual music channel not existing anymore, but they used to be on tons of other stuff too.
It’s weird cos they’re much more well-known now, so you’d think they’d be on TV more. But maybe that’s the problem—maybe shows found them more interesting when they were more indie, or something. Or maybe they think no one wants to see OLD MEN on TV, but I dooooooooo.
STARRING JOHN FLANSBURGH WHAT AI WAIT WHA T
Well “starring” is overstating it—he was only in two episodes. Although actually, I don’t know how many episodes there are total, so maybe two episodes is enough to qualify as “starring.” But as you’ll note the actual #1 star is John Lee, aka “John Lee Supertaster.” He was in a cool band called Muckafurgason that opened for TMBG when I was first going to shows. Checking on the wiki I’m being reminded that Flans produced their album too, so yeh, they’re buds.