Sunday, February 22, 2009

The White Stripes tank on Conan's last show

I just watched the last episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. I'm really looking forward to Conan taking over the Tonight Show, but that won't happen for a few weeks. So Friday night's show is the last we'll see of Conan for a while. It also puts the cap on 16 years and more than 2000 shows (Conan jokes that 41 of them were actually good).

Musical guests on the show were The White Stripes, which really means Jack White (he was born Jack Gillis and, unusually, took Meg's last name when they wed) and his former wife Meg.

Now, Jack is a fairly talented writer and musician. His most recent claim to fame is as part of the duet that performed the most recent James Bond movie theme.

So why the hell did they phone it in the other night? They've had some really great hits over the years, and that's the song they chose to play? Does anyone even know what piece of shit song was? Even if you were more familiar with their catalog than I am, I'm not sure you'd recognize it anyway given how off-key the singing and off-tempo the playing was.

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