The Replacements, Interpol Take Over Late-Night TV

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 09.10.14 in News

It was a late night for celebrating the alternate history of guitar music, though the Replacements and Interpol contrasted in their approaches on TV this past evening.

The Replacements, among music’s ultimate self-destructive underdogs, visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Billed as the beloved Minnesota band’s “Return to 30 Rock” after their decades-earlier ban from Saturday Night Live, the appearance brought a rousing, blithely word-eliding performance of Pleased to Meet Me‘s “Alex Chilton,”  Paul Westerberg & co.’s classic ode to the Big Star singer — and to whatever power music has that makes us say, “I’m in love / What’s that song?” Keith Richards gave an interview on the show, talking about his new children’s book Gus & Me, and you can see of a photo of the Rolling Stones guitarist with the Replacements below.

Where the Replacements are rowdy and rough-hewn in their celebration of rock’n’roll’s simple pleasures, Interpol are guitar-rock classicists in their dapper way. The New York band’s new album El Pintor, Wondering Sound reviewer Matthew Fritch writes, returns to some aspects of their landmark 2002 debut: “the simple pleasures of tension-building 16th-note strums, the laser-like burst from a delay pedal.” On Late Show With David Letterman, Paul Banks and the Carlos D-less band played their characteristically gloomy, spartan “All the Rage Back Home.” They never quite come out and say something Replacements-like, like, say, “I never travel far without a sad amount of Joy Division,” but they did prompt Letterman to say he wants to join their band. Hey, when he hands over the keys to Stephen Colbert, he may finally have the time.

Off our theme here but also noteworthy: Jhené Aiko stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform “The Pressure,” a moody slow burner from her new album Souled Out, which our reviewer Barry Walters calls, alas, “a textbook example of how not to make modern R&B.”