Last night, El Vy, the side project from the National’s Matt Berninger and Menomena’s Brent Knopf, were all set to be the musical guests on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert. And they did their usual musical-guest duties, performing a nice version of the title track from their debut album Return To The Moon, with a full band and a string section backing them up. But because the world learned of David Bowie’s passing yesterday, the occasion demanded something more. So as an online bonus, El Vy teamed up with Jon Batiste And Stay Human, Colbert’s house band, to cover Bowie’s 1983 dance-rock megahit “Let’s Dance,” complete with very prominent slap-bass and Berninger literally shaking his ass. This may be the first time in recorded history that Berninger has attempted anything even remotely funky, so enjoy it while you can; it may never happen again. The string section even got in on it. Check out both performances below.
Return To The Moon is out now on 4AD.