Posted in comedy | music | pictures on May 31, 2011

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Modern Weepers

After much ado, The Modern Weepers revealed themselves on stage at Mercury Lounge in NYC on Friday night (5/27). Gary Dibble was in fact Mike Myers who was accompanied by Fred Armisen. A member of Morningwood One more band member (Wilder Zoby has emailed to say he was never in Morningwood) (someone I had no reason to doubt told me he was a member of Morningwood) rounded out the trio. Toby's take:

The Modern Weepers is a very funny sketch paradoy on the new wave movement from the 80's featuring amusing song titles like "Don't Ask Me Personal Questions On the Dancefloor". Both Mike Myers and Fred Amrisen donned accurate Mancunian and Cockney accents respectively never once breaking character. Their elaborate hits of the synth percussion were accompanied by emphatic and intense stares and lighting blasts to create the dramatic effect so typical of early 80's new wave. . Lively crowd enjoyed the humor. They played for about 35 minutes total and abruptly left the stage.
Neckebeard Telecaster opened the show with help from a a boys choir. To quote "Anonymous," "Spike Jonze was filming the whole concert (both onstage and in the crowd). Half the cast of SNL was in the crowd."

More pictures of the show (what Toby could get before he was beat down by the Modern Weepers security brigade), and audio of one song, and the full setlist, below...

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The Modern Weepers - Blame Game (Live At Mercury Lounge) (Audio) via

Setlist (via)
1. Dancefloor
2. Embrace Me
3. There's A Cream For That
4. Blame Game
5. And Still They Go On And They Cry
6. Inferior
7. Cry Pail
8. Pasta And Red Sauce

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Comments (72)

PORTLANDIA?

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 5:34 PM

Cue the hate. I was there. It was a lot of fun and totally worth $10. The opening act was solid and was a great start to a Friday night.

Posted by Curious Joe | May 31, 2011 5:35 PM

U KNEW ABOUT THIS HUMMUS EATERS

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 5:37 PM

When life hands you lemons, party!!! www.lemonparty.org

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 5:38 PM

the other dude is wilder zoby from chin chin, not some morningwood dude

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 5:46 PM

@5:46 everyman's got some morningwood.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 5:50 PM

Well worth the 12 dollar ticket price. Beginning to a good night.

Posted by Anon | May 31, 2011 5:51 PM

"Half the cast of SNL was in the crowd"

So that's, what, 6 of them?

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 5:56 PM

@5:56...Obviously not even there. Why feel the need to put in your two cents? Inflation is up! That shit is worthless.

Posted by Anonymouse | May 31, 2011 6:03 PM

We're still talking about this non-event?

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 6:07 PM

603 FTW

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 6:08 PM

6:07: Losers trying to make something out of an anticlimax that was bound from the start.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 6:11 PM

I really enjoyed this show, and it's proximity to mamouns really made for a fantastic evening out on the town.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 6:19 PM

Neckbeard Telecaster looks like a laugh riot.

Posted by J | May 31, 2011 6:29 PM

Silly me. I thought this was the first night of: BATTLE OF THE SHITTY BAND NAMES.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 6:52 PM

Does Neckbeard Telecaster have members of Dirty on Purpose playing with them? I miss that band.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 6:56 PM

How much did the publicist pay you for all these posts?

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 7:07 PM

Totally worth 14 dollars.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 7:26 PM

This wasn't funny when Reggie & The Full Effect was doing it 10 years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 7:50 PM

"How much did the publicist pay you for all these posts?"

I agree. Exclusive interview, press pass, etc.... Pay to play for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 8:51 PM

Totally worth the 16 dollars I paid.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 9:38 PM

lol @ Hummus eaters.. looks like it fits this crowd perfectly. not to diss hummus. I love hummus

Posted by instrumentals | May 31, 2011 9:41 PM

So this is a more serious well done version of the SNL skit under the neon lights embrace me song he did with Dana Carvy. Sounds probably worth it and there sure is a lot of rehash of 80's brit electronic new wave in NYC right now with kids who pretend to do it the first time.

The Necklacebeard telecasters seem pretty funny too.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 9:43 PM

"I agree. Exclusive interview, press pass, etc.... Pay to play for sure."

First off this is one of the most visited music blogs in the US. Pretty sure this mofo could get a pass to any show in this city. DUH. I mean, he's putting on the fucking Paul Simon show. Second, of COURSE BV got the interview. Did you not see the fucking insane popularity of the initial post? The Modern Weepers people saw how clearly and childishly you were lambasting the post, what better way to fan the flame than with an interview?

You people are too fucking stupid and too quick to rush to conclusions. It's embarrassing.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 9:44 PM

who are the Modern Weepers?

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 9:48 PM

Oh. It wasn't the Strokes?

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 9:55 PM

So is that Keith Moon movie still happening?

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 10:14 PM

Totally worth the 250 Dollars I paid...

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 10:39 PM

Totally worth this month's rent.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 11:06 PM

So who was actually in the crowd? SNL cast members that is?

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 11:11 PM

my favorite movie is shrek the third

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 11:19 PM

The third Modern Weeper is Wilder Zoby from Chin Chin, not some dude from Morningwood.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 3:26 AM

Spotted Horatio Sanz at the bar all night drinking heavily. I think I heard him mutter something about the paycheck he got for Boat Trip.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 7:34 AM

Mike Meyers looks fat

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 8:48 AM

6:56: Yes, members of Dirty on Purpose are in Neckbeard Telecaster.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 8:58 AM

Wayne's World! Wayne's World!
Bacon Time! Eggs and Ham!

Can't wait until Mike Meyers takes on the proportions of Fat Bastard ... for real

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 9:05 AM

You people need to get over yourselves.
For only $10, I saw a funny parody with a good opening band, and was out early enough to start my evening and weekend right. What's so bad about that? And yeah, of course BV was in on the joke. So what? The reality is, that BV has grown to the point where it has a real "demogrphic"; we are a "target market". Don't like it? Find another music blog. More power to BV, if they want to grow and actually make a decent living blogging about music in and around NYC.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 9:05 AM

I did not go, but the show looked fun, and the price was cheap. But I do agree with those the commented above that it sounds like all these MW posts were simply supplied by the band's publicist. All this "Who Are ..." nonsense was somewhat insulting.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 9:36 AM

11:11 some of the people I spotted-- Nasim Pedrad, Bill Hader, Vanessa Bayer, Jimmy Fallon, Colin Quinn, Seth Green, Rachel Dratch, Will Arnett-- no Amy Poehler though. Spike Jonze too.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 9:39 AM

@9:39, who?, who?, who?, who?, who?, who?, who?, who?, who?, wh-actually i've heard of him from the spiegel catalog

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 10:08 AM

Comedy Central never should have cancelled Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 10:10 AM

remember when people actually thought it was radiohead?

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 10:29 AM

These are nice share. Thanks man

Posted by funny sms text | June 1, 2011 10:31 AM

I never thought it was Radiohead. Radiohead doesn't have a sense of humor.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 10:40 AM

radiohead does have a sense of humor, haven't you seen that south park episode?

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 10:43 AM

Fred Armisen looks like Scott Thompson from Kids in the Hall there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 10:57 AM

"I agree. Exclusive interview, press pass, etc.... Pay to play for sure."

Well, if you agree, then it must be true!

For sure!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 11:11 AM

Was this a one off gig or are they doing it again at T5?

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 11:12 AM

10:08 - you are a big baby and live in a sad cave with no tv. You need a Cry Pail. There's a cream for that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 11:25 AM

9:36- Of course the "who are the modern weepers" posts were supplied by their publicist. I'm not insulted by it. BV was obviously picked because their readers are the perfect demographic for this sort of thing; people who love and appreciate music as an artform, enjoy live music in all forms, and are always looking for new sounds. If I'm going to have to be a part of a "target market", I'm happy to be part of that market demo.
I'm amused by the people who wasted time/energy theorizing over what big band was doing a small club gig.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 11:33 AM

@11:12 - this was a one off thing that Mike wanted to do.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 12:10 PM

12:10 - If Spike Jonze was filming this, I doubt it was just a one-off thing. I mean, it probably is one-off in the sense that there likely won't be a tour (at least not right now), but not a one-off in that this probably isn't the first we will hear of Modern Weepers. If I had to guess, it seems like they're testing the waters for a new schtick (aka Austin Powers, Love Guru, etc) that they can use in a future film or other project.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 12:27 PM

did that guy just defend a sell-out's one-off vanity project by quoting his "song" titles?

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 12:27 PM

@12:27 PM
I talked to people who would know, ie. people in the band. It was a one off thing. There are no plans to carry this any farther.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 12:48 PM

@1210, i asked spike jonze, he said he was filming it 'just for fun'

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 1:51 PM

I spoke to Mike Myers' mom. She says "hello".

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 2:07 PM

I spoke to a pita chip and it asked for more hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 2:18 PM

I interupted Bill Hader talking to 3 or 4 people and asked why he thinks he's funny. He just gave me a dirty look, mumbled something under his breath which made his friends laugh and I walked away.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 2:32 PM

Someone remind of the last time SNL was funny. I dare you.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 2:35 PM

youre a fucking fool if you think this was a one-off and we wont be seeing them again. wtf is wrong with you? they apparently wrote 8 original songs. whether theyre funny or not, you think theyre gonna go to all that effort, book a show at a real venue as opposed to performing at their own house, have it taped by a successfuk filmmaker, and reach out to BV to generate pub...w/no profit motive in mind and just to have fun once? FUCK YOU BRO

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 3:33 PM

"Someone remind of the last time SNL was funny. I dare you."

Probably sometime around 1995.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 4:17 PM

2:35- even though you can't type a proper sentence, here are a few things from SNL that you thought were funny:
-- Fred Armisen as David Patterson
-- Dick in a Box
-- Fred Armisen as Qadhafi at the UN
-- Bill Hader as Stefan the nightlife correspondent

Ok, now here's your chance to comment as a bitter person who hates laughter and can't enjoy a good time. Reply today!

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 4:22 PM

12:48 - So basically, those signs that were posted at the door saying "by entering these premises, you are agreeing to be photographed, filmed, etc", were horseshit?

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 4:30 PM

2:32, why you hatin' on Hader? You be da Hater, not him.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 4:32 PM

I wish I went to this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 4:53 PM

4:32 - That guy sucks. So does that Mc Gruber ass - you're about two decades too late with the McGuyver parody. Might have been relevant about '89 or so. And shame on the people who encourage these un-funny hacks on SNL. Compaired to a show like Louie, SNL just seems lame, in every sense of the word.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 4:54 PM

3:33's got some anger issues. Out of hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 4:55 PM

@4:30PM - Not sure I follow your logic. It was being filmed, thus the signs. Doesn't mean that they are playing more show.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 4:58 PM

4:22: I think 2:35 probably has a sense of humor. Just not a LAME sense of humor, like those who would laugh at what you listed.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 5:09 PM

What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?

Eleven. Exactly. Eleven press releases.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 5:55 PM

I spoke to a pita chip and it asked for more hummus.

Posted by RPTP | June 1, 2011 6:37 PM

4:58- I was referring to the "no plans to carry this any further" part. If there were no plans to carry this further, why would Spike Jonze waste his time?

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 8:58 AM

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