The "Thrilla from Chewelah," aka Sir Allen Stone, played Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, his network debut after a much-vaunted Conan appearance back in October. When your beloved local act plays on national television, you know they've made it. There's something inherently fun about the tradition of bands on TV, which harkens back to the birth of rock and roll and the British Invasion that followed. I remember sleeping on the couch to wake up and watch The Strokes' first appearance on Letterman (yes, I was in high school and it was past my bedtime), and recording the week-long White Stripes residency on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. The tapes are probably still in a cabinet somewhere. But enough nostalgia-- it's not every day our local bands do us proud on the small screen, but when they do, they bring it. Here's ten of the best outings.
10. Neko Case with Rachel Flotard, "This Tornado Loves You"
The flame-haired former Seattleite was backed by another redheaded resident of our fair city when Rachel Flotard sang backing vocals on her 2009 Late Show appearance.
9. Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, "Hey Momma"
The band played Last Call with Carson Daly in 2007, but there's no video online, so please enjoy a performance of the same song live from the Pretty Parlor.
8. Willie Nelson and the Supersuckers, "Bloody Mary Morning"
The Supersuckers backed Willie Nelson on an awesome punk version of "Bloody Mary Morning" from 1996's Twisted Willie. Badass.
7. Modest Mouse, "Float On"
Despite "3rd Planet" being a perfect song for a late night show, MM apparently made no television appearances for The Moon and Antarctica, instead making their network debut with a bombastic performance of "Bury Me With It" on Carson Daly in 2004. I couldn't find that video on YouTube (though here is a weird personal website where you can watch it) so please enjoy this version of "Float On" live on The Late Late Show with host Craig Kilborn (remember him?).