Watch Michael Shannon Cover Suicide’s “Ghost Rider” With Yo La Tengo

This year, after a five-year absence, Yo La Tengo brought back their eight-night run of Hanukkah shows to the New York metro era. The shows traditionally went down at the now-defunct Hoboken club Maxwell’s, and they featured tons of special guests, random covers, and one-off collaborations. This year, the shows moved to the Bowery Ballroom. And as Brooklyn Vegan reports, the second-to-last night of the run, which happened last night, featured an Oscar nominee doing his best Alan Vega.

According to Brooklyn Vegan, last night’s show featured comedian Chris Gethard, as well as members of Hypnolovewheel and 75 Dollar Bill. And during the encores, the band, with Fred Armisen guesting on drums, backed up glowering, square-faced character actor Michael Shannon as he sang “Ghost Rider,” the 1977 classic from the bleary New York synth-rock pioneers Suicide. Shannon even dressed and sang like the late Suicide frontman Vega. Watch a fan-made video below.

Imagine if General Zod just did this instead of attempting to take over Earth.

This article originally appeared in Stereogum.


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