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Monday, September 19, 2005

The New Pornographers on "Conan"

So the New Pornographers played their single "Use It" on Late Night With Conan O'Brien. Cool. They changed the line "Two sips from the cup of human kindness and I'm shit-faced" to "Two sips from the cup of human kindness and I'm replaced". Not cool. I'm replaced?

Looking at the good ol' Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (well, okay, the good relatively new Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary):

Main Entry: re-place:

1 to restore to a former place or position
2 to take the place of especially as a substitute or successor
3 to put something new in the place of

Which one of those can take the place of shit-faced without changing the meaning of the line? Grr, I say. Grr. The original line is great; the new one isn't. Sure, the new word could have been in reference to the old, naughty word being replaced. It probably was. I'd still prefer a bleep. If the folks at Conan wouldn't let the New Pornographers bleep the word instead of replacing it, I boo in their specific direction.

With the exception of the word "replaced", the performance was great. Bassist John Collins was not at all stoic, probably just to make me look like a bad judge of stoic. Or possibly because the stage at Tower was smaller. But it wasn't tiny.

There are videos and songs aplenty at The New Pornographers media page at Matador, including videos for the obscenity-laced "Use It" (though they use the obscure-it-with-silence technique in the video), "All For Swinging You Around", and "The Laws Have Changed", and mp3s of "Twin Cinema", "Mass Romantic", "The Laws Have Changed" and this song:

mp3:The New Pornographers - Use It (from Twin Cinema)

Streaming audio of the album Electric Version is also available there.


Blogger FreeThinker said...

The New Pornographers are fun live! I saw them in San Francisco. Come back soon, guys (and gals)!

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