Yo La Tengo, Letters to Cleo Added to ‘Parks and Recreation’ Finale

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 03.28.14 in News

The A.V. Club has dug up some crucial details about the April 24 finale of Parks and Recreation. Aside from the previously mentioned appearances of the Decemberists and Jeff Tweedy, the episode is expected to feature performances by Ginuwine, Yo La Tengo and Ben Wyatt’s favorite ’90s band, Letters to Cleo.

“The funny thing is that the guy who’s written all of the songs for Parks and Rec since the beginning, his name is Mark Rivers, and he used to play with Letters To Cleo,” explained executive producer Michael Schur, “but he’s also the drummer in Andy’s band, Mouse Rat. So when Letters To Cleo got ready to play, we were like, ‘This is gonna be weird, because eagle-eyed viewers will recognize you as the drummer from Mouse Rat, and it will be very confusing that you’re now playing with Letters To Cleo.’ So we made him wear a baseball cap and he had sunglasses on, to kind of disguise him.”

Yo La Tengo will also be donning slight disguises: red sweaters, khakis and white wigs, as part of their incognito appearance as ‘Bobby Knight Ranger’.

“It was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen,” Schur said of their performance, “and completely delightful …em, because … Yo La Tengo fans will recognize them, definitely, but most people won’t. They just did it because they like comedy and wanted to be a part of the show. It was super cool. I’m forever in their debt.”

We’re pretty sure Ben Wyatt will feel the same way when he hears this song…

Here are some behind-the-scenes shots the fan site Calzones Are Pointless dug up as well: