Earlier this month, The Shins appeared in a pair of “Funny or Die” skits, one of which depicted lead singer, James Mercer, utilizing a product called Clapping Butter, a cream that enhances a musician’s ability to project handclaps. That fake commercial even had a Shins-made jingle at its conclusion.
That jingle was performed in full by The Shins last night when they stopped by the BBC for Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show. Multi-instrumentalist Richard Swift handles the nasalled rock & roll vocal while Mercer chimes in for the bridge and its concluding chorus, “If you’re gonna use Clapping Butter, don’t touch yourself down there.”
Check out the performance and the original skit below.
The Shins — “Clapping Butter”