Late-Night TV Music (Questions, Questions Edition) | Dec. 2, 2020

Skeletons? Canopies? Bad Bunny? And other pertinent topics for discussion.


There are so many things in this world I don’t understand. And Wednesday’s Late-Night TV Music contributions only added to my confusion.

First and foremost: Why did Phoebe Bridgers turn her haunting piano ballad Savior Complex into a kooky Christmas video for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon? Is it all just a seasonal goof based solely on the title? After all, the song really has nothing to do with Christmas. Then again, neither do a whole ton of holiday carols. I mean, come on: Jingle Bells? Winter Wonderland? They’ve got about as much to do with Yuletide as the skeletons in this video. Which reminds me: What’s the deal with Phoebe and skeletons? Who is that in the kitschy family portrait behind her? And are those her dogs?

Perhaps we’ll never know for sure. Just like we may never know why Australian single Tones And I apparently shot her Jimmy Kimmel Live performance of Fly Away at night, under some sort of mysterious canopy in the middle of who-knows-where. Why is it there? What’s it for? Do you have to reserve it? How much does it cost? Is there a deposit? And is it refundable if your guest choir fails to show up on time? Valid questions all.

Here’s another: How did Bad Bunny — who popped up on The Late Late Show With James Corden to perform Te Deseo Lo Mejor off his recent surprise album El Último Tour Del Mundo — end up being one of this year’s most-streamed artists? Is this for reals? Or just the latest case of election fraud on a gigantic scale? Did anybody actually see these votes being counted? Does the term ‘massive dump’ factor into any of this somehow? Can we ask for a recount? Or should I just stop spewing out absurd questions and just accept the fact that some things are beyond rational explanation? I think we all know the answer to that last one, at least.