EXCLUSIVE!: Ben Folds Five and the Fraggles Sing “Do It Anyway”
by Perry Michael Simon on September 17, 2012
We have an exclusive at the Nerdist Channel today, a HUGE one, and here it is, the world premiere of the new Ben Folds Five video for “Do It Anyway,” the first video from their upcoming album “The Sound of the Life of the Mind.” It has the following:
Ben Folds Five, together again for the first time in 13 years.
Anna Kendrick, blowing bubbles.
Rob Corddry, emoting at the mixing board.
Chris Hardwick in the role of a lifetime, with a tattoo.
Every video would have Fraggles if they could, but they can’t. And this one can. And does. Lots of Fraggles. FRAGGLES!!! Plus, when the song is over, there’s a little extra sing-along, so don’t click away too fast.
(Don’t forget to click here to pre-order “The Sound of the Life of the Mind” on iTunes)
Subscribe to the Nerdist Channel because, as this one proves, you never know what we’re gonna throw at you next.
Oh, and here’s the official press release explaining everything:
BEN FOLDS FIVE GOES FRAGGLE ROCK IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR
“DO IT ANYWAY” FROM THE NERDIST CHANNEL
Available Exclusively Online September 17th at youtube.com/nerdist
LOS ANGELES, CA – September 17, 2012: Groundbreaking alternative rock innovators Ben Folds Five have reunited and on September 17th, the Nerdist Channel (youtube.com/nerdist) will exclusively premiere the video for “Do It Anyway,” the first track from the band’s much anticipated album The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind (ImaVeePee Records/Sony Music) due out September 18th. A production of Nerdist Industries, the video features the Fraggles, stars of The Jim Henson Company’s perennial fan-favorite “Fraggle Rock.” Ben Folds, along with returning band mates Robert Sledge and Darren Jessee, are joined by Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober, Red and Uncle Traveling Matt. Also making cameo appearances are Academy Award-nominated actress Anna Kendrick (“Up in the Air”), comedian Rob Corddry (“Children’s Hospital”) and Nerdist Industries’ Founder and Chief Creative Officer Chris Hardwick.
Hardwick describes how this cluster of awesomeness happened: “In a meeting with Lisa [Henson, CEO, The Jim Henson Company], she casually said, ‘Next year is the 30th anniversary of ‘Fraggle Rock.’ Would you want to do anything with the Fraggles?’ ‘WHAT THE [expletive]?? That’s an OPTION?!’ I loudly replied. I think I scared her a little. I knew Ben had a new album releasing in September so I threw his name out. Lisa said ‘that would be amazing’ without hesitation. It was beautifully serendipitous. It seemed like a no-brainer to me, but I still cautiously pitched it to Ben, not really knowing his relationship with the show. I think I just spit words out, ‘YOU. VIDEO. FRAGGLES. ME PAY FOR!’”
Folds was VERY interested, it turns out, and had the perfect song in mind. “When Ben sent me ‘Do it Anyway,’ I knew within the first five seconds that the song was perfect—the bouncy piano… the dancing bass …it actually sounded like it was intentionally written for the Fraggles. I can never fully express the amount of nerdy joy that I felt on set seeing Red Fraggle jump around on Ben’s piano,” said Hardwick. “And the fact that I was able to weasel my way into the video was a dream come true.”
Formed in 1993, Ben Folds Five changed the course of indie rock in the mid-1990s before amicably parting ways in 2000 to pursue different artistic ventures. Now, after twelve years, the indie pop trio has returned to bring their unique pop sensibility to both Fraggle Rock and the Nerdist Channel.
Red Fraggle said, “We had a great adventure in Outer Space! Ben, Robert and Darren love music as much as Fraggles do, so we had lots of fun. It would be wonderful to have them come play more music in the caves with us, but I am not sure they can fit through the hole in the floor!”