Fred Armisen’s Guide To Music And SXSW 1998

By Scott Lapatine / March 17, 2011

A few years back we hosted Fred Armisen’s comedic five part video guide to SXSW 1998. Then we switched video platforms and the clips were swallowed by our system. Whoops! We’ve finally rescued them and promise not to delete them. This “guide” is generally viewed as Fred’s official transition from being the drummer in Chicago punks Trenchmouth to being a comedian who also played drums in Chicago punks Trenchmouth. The plot’s simple: Armisen poses as various journalists (blind, German, mentally challenged, deaf, a college kid from Hofstra, a dude with rabbit teeth and great hair, etc.) and interviews or shouts questions to band folks and industry types including Steve Albini, Janeane Garofalo, members of Pavement, the Aluminum Group, and the Mekons, etc. After you watch, check out clips from Fred and Carrie Brownstein’s Portlandia if you haven’t yet. It is the best sketch comedy show on TV.