Bobby Knight Ranger On Parks & Recreation

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Bobby Knight Ranger On Parks & Recreation

Postby Final Frontiers » Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:00 am

I saw this on Ultimate Classic Rock. The episode airs RIGHT NOW on NBC.

The classic Night Ranger power ballad ‘Sister Christian’ has had an interesting life. The track was memorably featured in the films ‘Boogie Nights’ and ‘Rock Of Ages‘ and it’s been slaughtered vocally by reality show contestants.

The band also gets its share of questions about the song — drummer Kelly Keagy humorously recalled the time that a woman in Wisconsin asked them if ‘Sister Christian’ was “a song about nuns selling dope to school kids.”

We’ll have to admit that we never thought of that possible angle. Similarly, the members of Night Ranger probably never guessed that ‘Sister Christian’ might one day be performed by a tribute band called ‘Bobby Knight Ranger,’ featuring a trio of band members all dressed like the mercurial former basketball coach who was legendary for tangling with his players, the media and anybody else who walked into the eye of his storm at the wrong time.

Night Ranger bassist/vocalist Jack Blades told Ultimate Classic Rock that he’s a fan of the latest spotlight moment for ‘Sister Christian,’ which will happen during the season finale of the popular television show ‘Parks and Recreation’ on April 24. Members of indie stalwarts Yo La Tengo will be performing as ‘Bobby Knight Ranger.’

“Dude, I think it’s hilarious,” Blades said. “That just shows that ‘Sister Christian’ has entered into the collective consciousness of America.”

Combining the imagery of a hothead coach with a classic song like ‘Sister Christian’ is a masterful move, he adds: “That’s some brilliant writing, as far as I’m concerned. Then to top it off, throwing in some frickin’ indie band that probably cringes at the thought of Night Ranger!”

Bands like Night Ranger are finding themselves worked into pop culture references on television with increasing frequency these days and that’s something that doesn’t come as a surprise to Blades.

“All of the cats that are 40 or 45, they grew up with ‘Sister Christian’ and they grew up with all of that stuff. And also, I’ve run into so many young bands that are blown away with that too,” Blades said. “Gone is any sort of stigma like that ‘90s vibe or anything like that — it’s just so far gone from people’s heads. Now, I get these young indie band guys going: ‘Dude, I frickin’ love your band — your guitar player rips! You guys sing your ass off!’ and it’s like ‘Alright, okay — I like it!’”

So have you ever crossed paths with Bob Knight? “No, we never have!” Blades said with a laugh.

Night Ranger will release a new album ‘High Road’ on June 10 and presumably they’d be happy to hold a spot for Knight on the guest list — as long as he keeps his temper in check.

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Parks and Recreation have added an indie-rock heavyweight to their upcoming, concert-themed season finale episode. Yo La Tengo will appear as the awesomely named Night Ranger cover band Bobby Knight Ranger, playing the band's iconic Eighties power ballad "Sister Christian."

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"It's a Night Ranger cover band that wears red sweaters," says executive producer Michael Schur in a new interview with A.V. Club. “There was a total throwaway joke [in episode ‘New Slogan’] where Andy discovers Duke Silver and tells Ron, ‘You’re going to play the Unity Concert, I have you on right after Bobby Knight Ranger. . . One of our writers, Donick Carey, is very good friends with the band Yo La Tengo, who are one of my favorite bands, and he emailed them and said, ‘Hey, do you guys want to play Bobby Knight Ranger?’ And they were, like, ‘Sure!’"

And apparently the band weren't shy about getting into character, showing up in "red sweaters, khakis and white wigs" to play the tune in front of 1,000 fake fans.

"It was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen and completely delightful," Schur says. "It was just really cool. They were so game and so happy to be there, and it was so cool of them, because. . . I mean, they’re basically in disguise. Yo La Tengo fans will recognize them, definitely, but most people won’t. They just did it because they like comedy and wanted to be a part of the show. It was super cool. I’m forever in their debt.”

The rest of the fictional concert line-up is both random and fantastic: As previously reported, the Decemberists will also appear, and Schur also confirmed guest spots from R&B singer Ginuwine (of "Pony" fame) and Nineties alt-rockers Letters to Cleo (which "makes Ben Wyatt extremely happy"). The episode's highest profile performer is Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, who plays the lead singer of an act named Land Ho! recruited by Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Andy (Chris Pratt) to "solidify the merger of Pawnee and Eagleton" at the Unity Concert.

The insane-sounding finale is set to air on April 24th.

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