If the mission statement for this blog is to celebrate good and happy-making things, then I am morally obligated to share this video, as posted on Stereogum, of Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem performing a live 22-minute set yesterday at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival. Especially since their set list includes The Band (“Ophelia”) and the Beatles (“With A Little Help from My Friends”). There are also some fun interstitial videos about the band’s San Francisco origins and their perilous journey to the gig, as well as an allusion to meeting the rest of the Muppets when they were performing at an illegal bed and breakfast.
The three-day festival also included headlining musicians like Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie, Lana Del Rey, Duran Duran, Ryan Adams and the Shining, Jason Isbell, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, and Brandi Carlile plus a full comedy slate featuring John Mulaney, Beth Stelling, Anthony Jeselnik, Kyle Kinane, Claudia O’Doherty, Dana Gould, John Early, Fred Armisen, and Paul F. Tompkins.
I do own a Dr. Teeth World Tour 1999 shirt, and since I was unable to find any dates on that tour at the time, I was disappointed to find that the Outside Lands is the only date on their current world tour. And bummer they didn’t play “Tenderly,” but hey, I’ll take it. And never forget, even Santa Claus believes in you.
1. “Can You Picture That”
2. “San Francisco” (The Mowgli’s cover)
3. “Home” (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros cover)
4. “Ophelia” (The Band cover)
5. “With A Little Help from my Friends” (Beatles cover, Joe Cocker arrangement)
[An aside to the two people who gave this video a “thumbs down” on YouTube – you are soulless hate monkeys and I hope next time Animal takes the growth pill by accident he steps on your house. Apologies for going negative there.]