Late-night TV watchers had their pick of British art-rock or Southern California pop-punk on Monday night. Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, while Blink-182 took to the stage on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Watch videos of both below, via The Audio Perv.
Sitting next to Jimmy Fallon for Radiohead's performance was now-former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, bearded and smiling beneath orange shades and a light-colored hat. Appearing without their bandmates, Yorke and Jonny Greenwood gave a stripped-down rendition of plaintive ballad "Give Up the Ghost," from their latest album The King of Limbs. Yorke used effects pedals to loop his falsetto vocals, while Greenwood added ruminative electric guitar lines.
Meanwhile on Kimmel, Blink-182 played "Up All Night" and "After Midnight," both from their first album in eight years, Neighborhoods. The jokes that made the trio late-1990s MTV mainstays are gone from these songs, but "Up All Night" ventures into some heavier-than-usual, effects-tweaked guitar riffs, while "After Midnight" gets thoughtful without forgetting the hooks.
Radiohead's two-disc compilation of remixes from The King of Limbs, titled TKOL RMX 1234567, lands on October 11, but the entire album is streaming now. The English rockers are coming off a pair of recent shows at New York's Roseland Ballroom, plus appearances on The Colbert Report and Saturday Night Live.
Blink's Neighborhoods came out last week. The pop-punkers are also wrapping up a U.S. tour, playing shows with Matt and Kim after dates with My Chemical Romance, Rancid, and Manchester Orchestra.
Watch: Radiohead, "Give Up the Ghost"
Watch: Blink-182, "Up All Night" and "After Midnight"