Music: TV On The Radio
TV on the Radio is a Brooklyn-based band that was formed in 2000. They are known for their Genre-Busting sound, often combining elements of Hip Hop, Soul, Post-Punk, Electronica, and Alternative Rock into their music.
- Tunde Adebimpe: vocals, loops
- Kyp Malone: guitars, keyboards, loops
- David Andrew Sitek: vocals, guitars, bass, loops
- Jaleel Bunton: drums, vocals, loops, guitars
- Gerard Smith: bass, keyboards (deceased)
- OK Calculator (2002)
- Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (2004)
- Return To Cookie Mountain (2006)
- Dear Science (2008)
- Nine Types of Light (2011)
- Seeds (2014)
Tropes exhibited by this band include:
- Album Title Drop: The title of their first album, "Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes," shows up during the climax of the first song, "The Wrong Way."
- Badass Beard: Tunde usually sports a respectable stubble, but Kyp Malone's facial hair could rival Rutherford B. Hayes'.
- Broken Record: "My repetition, my repetition is this" x20 or so at the end of "Repetition".
- Destructo-Nookie: "Lover's Day." Sweet Jesus, "Lover's Day."
- Genre Roulette: Their albums contain any number of different song styles, including drum-and-bass, Avant-garde Music, trip-hop, A Cappella, Power Ballad, or New Wave. With this as well as Genre-Busting and Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly under their belt, it is safe to say their music defies simple categorization.
- Heartbeat Soundtrack: "Tonight." Sounds more like a heart with a pacemaker or something, though.
- Last Note Nightmare: "Wolf Like Me" ends with a sound that is comparable to the transformation of a person to a wolf. Actually fitting, considering the name and the thematics of the song.
- Magical Negro; Played with in the song "The Wrong Way:"Wake up in a magic nigger movie / with the bright lights pointed at me / as a metaphor / teachin' folks the score / about patience, understanding, agape babe / and sweet sweet amour.
- Mind Screw: Tons of their music videos. "Province" is a particularly outstanding example.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Post-punk, Funk, electro, dub, Afrobeat, hip-hop, Progressive Rock, gospel, Noise Rock, swing, Synth Pop... and that's just only a fraction of what you'll hear in an average TV on the Radio album.
- Non-Indicative Name: "Second Song" is the first song on Nine Types of Light.
- Parody: Their video for the song "You" in the video "Nine Types of Light" is a parody of Prince, possibly of the affectionate variety. In the movie, Tunde leaves the band and begins a solo career that is clearly modeled after Prince.
- Definitely an affectionate one, seeing as how they listed Prince as one of their main influences.
- Shout-Out: Their first album, OK Calculator, was titled as a reference to Radiohead's Magnum Opus, OK Computer.
- Stylistic Suck: The werewolves in "Wolf Like Me" look like stop-motion killer poodles, probably deliberately.
- Token Minority: David Sitek is the only white guy in a band that is otherwise entirely black.