Fred Armisen is releasing a 7″ series featuring his SNL bands
Fred Armisen will be releasing a series of 7-inches of a few fake SNL bands, via Drag City, targeting that lucrative market of vinyl collectors who love SNL novelty bands. The first two releases are from The Blue Jean Committee (think ’70s bands like Steely Dan and BTO) and The Fingerlings (an ’80s British post-disco band similar to Wire and Gang of Four).
The press release for the records is actually pretty hilarious:
The first in this series is a split featuring two distinctly different artists. The Blue Jean Committee were the proud products of the late 70’s Northampton, Massachusetts music scene. Comprised of some of the most sought after local session musicians, the group was most defined by Richie Cornish’s busy talk-singing lyrical style. The gently soulful “Massachusetts Afternoon” celebrates the time in ones life when independence, friendships, and the autumn sunset seem to go on forever.
On the flip, from Bath, England, come The Fingerlings, a prolific synth/post-disco band who released twelve EPs between 1981 and 1983. Typically, a group such as this would have been formed at an art college, and The Fingerlings were no different. Their aesthetically meticulous nature earned them a reputation for creating some of the most elaborate and expensive 12″ EP covers ever to be produced in the UK. “Embrace Me” is the jam, a huge local hit, its lyrics evoking imagery of neon framed cities like Paris and Berlin.
The first 7″ will come out on February 18. Here’s a video of the Blue Jean Committee in action:
Drag City already released a 7″ for Crisis of Conformity, the fake mid-’80s DC hardcore band that features Dave Grohl and Ashton Kutcher. Here’s the SNL sketch where they play their song “Fistfight in the Parking Lot”: