Behold The Extremely ’90s Spectacle Of beabadoobee Playing “Care” On Kimmel
This year, Bea Kristi did the impossible. The young UK woman known as beabadoobee found her way to major-label quasi-stardom by riffing on the sound of mid-’90s alt-pop, something that I never thought would happen again. Last month, after months of advance singles, beabadoobee finally released the much-anticipated debut album Fake It Flowers. And last night, she and her band ripped their way through “Care” as musical guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The punchy, sensitive power-pop banger “Care” already sounded a whole lot like Letters To Cleo, and that sense only increases when you see beabadoobee and her band rock it out live. The aesthetic of last night’s performance was extremely ’90s, from the flowers covering her nightstand to her drummer’s whole mohawk/Fugazi shirt situation. Even the location looked like the type of coffeeshop where cameo-starring alt-rock bands would play in late-’90s teen movies.
For those of us old enough to remember the ’90s, there’s something profoundly satisfying about seeing an act like beabadoobee play a late-night TV show. It evokes memories of, say, staying up to see Belly on Late Night With Conan O’Brien. But also! “Care” is a good song, and this is a good performance, old-man nostalgia be damned. Watch it below.
Fake It Flowers is out now on Dirty Hit.