Lengthy earlier than Fred Armisen grew to become often known as a SNL solid member or one half of the dynamic duo behind Portlandia, he was a drummer in a punk band known as Trenchmouth. Primarily based out of Chicago, the band launched 4 albums between 1988 and 1996 earlier than disbanding. In that point, Armisen did a variety of drumming and noticed a *lot* of bands. Many would go on to seize the celebrity that appeared to continually elude his band. Within the above clip from The Tonight Present, Armisen’s expertise is put to hilarious good use with a visit via indie and punk rock historical past primarily based on rhythm guitar types.
He begins with an honest Lou Reed imitation to find the unique supply on the Velvet Underground, then up via the Ramones and Intercourse Pistols, ultimately winding its method via the ska-influenced pop-punk of Blink-182 and ending with the Strokes. Host Jimmy Fallon, as all the time, laughs continuous all through. And Armisen additionally title drops Sleater-Kinney as a realizing wink to his Portlandia mate Carrie Brownstein.
If this seems like a well-rehearsed bit, nicely, it’s. However when Armisen does it reside, it’s on the drum set. Within the under clip, he makes nearly the identical stops alongside the best way on his journey. And it helped verify my suspicion that his post-punk guitar bit (“I’m a neon mild”) is his parody of Wire.
Armisen spoke to Sam Jones on his monochromatic Off Digital camera interview present about his years of punk wrestle with Trenchmouth, which is able to assist place his quite a few band-based comedy skits within the appropriate context.
Don’t miss his traditional punk music SNL skits within the Relateds under. And if you’re jonesing for the punk stylings of the recent, younger Armisen, right here’s reside footage of Trenchmouth from 1992:
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Ted Mills is a contract author on the humanities who presently hosts the Notes from the Shed podcast and is the producer of KCRW’s Curious Coast. You may also comply with him on Twitter at @tedmills, and/or watch his movies right here.