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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.

Band members:
  • 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)

David Sitek has also produced quite a few albums, including all three of the albums from Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Tunde Adebimpe, for his part, has a respectable sideline as an actor, best known for playing the groom in Rachel Getting Married.

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".
  • Author Existence Failure - Gerard Smith, the band's bassist, died of lung cancer one week after the release of Nine Types of Light.
  • 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-Busting
  • Genre Roulette - Their albums contain any number of different song styles, including drum-and-bass, avant-garde, trip hop, a capella, 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.
  • He Also Did - Tunde Adebimpe has appeared in lead or major supporting roles in a couple films, notably Jump Tomorrow and Rachel Getting Married.
  • Heartbeat Soundtrack - "Tonight." Sounds more like a heart with a pacemaker or something though.
  • Hey, It's That Voice! - Yes, that is David Bowie providing backing vocals on "Province".
  • 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, synthpop... 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.
  • Old Shame: OK Calculator, kinda. They don't hate it, per se, but they're certainly not overly fond of it.
  • 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.

St VincentCreator/ 4 AD RecordsScott Walker
TravisAlternative IndieTwenty One Pilots

alternative title(s): TV On The Radio
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