Stephen Colbert has done a fine job hosting The Late Show during his short tenure. As we know, he took over when David Letterman retired in 2015, and that means that Letterman’s longtime bandleader Paul Shaffer was also out of a job. A positive side effect of this transition is that Shaffer has taken more time to focus on his music career. His most recent album dropped in 1993, and now, 24 years later, he’s finally preparing to release his third record, Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band. He’s been out of the album release game for a while now, but he found a great way to drum up some interest: Release a music video starring Bill Murray.
The two have worked together plenty over the years, most recently collaborating on Murray’s Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas. This time around, the track is called “Happy Street,” and it has a fun carefree energy that reminds us of that Walter Martin and Matt Berninger song that popped up a couple weeks back. The upbeat tune begins with Shaffer running into old buddy Murray on the street, and after saying, “Right now, I’m just… lovin’ the way that I’m walkin’, baby,” he launches into song about the positivity that comes with roaming the town on the lovely day.
The piano-driven number is about as joyful as it gets, and Murray is a completely competent singer capable of carrying a song. Also, he’s Bill Murray, so he can do whatever he wants and we’ll love it. “Happy Street” is a perfect spring tune to help us shake off the winter blues, so do yourself a favor and check it out above.
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