This hasn’t been thoroughly researched by us, but we have to believe that Documentary Now!—Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers’ documentary parody series on IFC—has spawned more fake/real bands to perform on late night television than any other show in history. First, it was the gentle, 1970s-style, AM radio, yacht rock group The Blue Jean Committee that played the show around this time last year
Now, it’s Test Pattern, a new wave group heavily inspired by Talking Heads. The band will be the subject of the October 5 episode, “Final Transmission,” which satirizes the 1984 Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense. Ahead of that, they made their television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, performing a jangly and alternative song unconventionally and appropriately titled “Art + Student = Poor.”
The set design is directly inspired by Talking Heads’ performance of “Making Flippy Floppy,” with the television screens displaying non-sequitur phrases and images in a basic font on a flat-colored background. As for the song itself, it’s part of what makes Armisen and Hader’s parody bands so effective: The music is actually serviceably good. “Art + Student = Poor” is a strong, albeit slightly ridiculous, and jaunty track. Although really, it’s not much more outlandish than some of its source material.
It’s going to be a few weeks before Test Pattern makes their Documentary Now! debut, but the good news is that the show returns very soon; tonight, actually, so tune in, and maybe keep an ear to the ground about a potential Test Pattern album. The Blue Jean Committee released one, so why not?
Featured image: NBC; Late Night with Seth Meyers