Live Review: The Dan Band — Club Nokia, Los Angeles
Tue, 01 Jun 2010 06:34:57
There's no other way to say it. The Dan Band are the fuckin' funniest live show ever.
Dan Finnerty and his Los Angeles outfit have been ravaging adult contemporary tunes for a long time, but they gained notoriety for their profanity laden cover of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" in Old School. Director Todd Phillips always seems like he's nine steps ahead of the game. Remember he's the genius that put Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson and Will Ferrell together for maximum hilarity and, then, he had the vision to do a little movie called The Hangover pairing Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms. He also brought The Dan Band back for their insanely hilarious rendition of 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" at a wedding, of course! So given that The Dan Band are ingrained in the pop culture consciousness now, they deserve nothing less than musical supremacy.
However, seeing them live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles truly proved that. Dan and Co. gave their own spin to Salt-N-Pepa's "What a Man" and "Shoop," dropping well-placed "fucks" surgically and smartly at all the right times for massive laughs. One reason why this is all so hilarious, beyond Dan's dancing, is that he's got an impeccably pristine vocal delivery. The man can carry a tune to the heavens and back, so when he says something dirty unexpectedly it's impossible not to laugh. After a raucous "Muskrat Love," which featured Dan spinning on a stool singing and talking to a finger puppet, he announced, "This one's going out to all my fucking people especially my touchy ladies in row 2."
"Ring My Bell" effectively revived disco in that moment, especially once Dan stuck the mic between his legs. Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" and Christina Aguilera's "Genie In a Bottle" never sounded this good, or dirty either.
The best part of a Dan Band show is his interaction with the crowd though. He made some lucky fan the caretaker of his sweat rag and he stalked the front row looking at one table and asking, "Is this the blackberry table? Meet 2010 with the iPhone!"
Remembering he was in L.A., he then chuckled, "Half of you didn't laugh because you have blackberries!"
Then the real laughs erupted. Dan definitely channeled Don Rickles at points, given his ability to rapidly turn anything into a joke. A woman screamed, "I love you, Dan!" His response was simply, "Thanks, mom!"
He had a lot of fun with one particular table where it wasn't clear if the trio was on a couple on a date with the boss tagging along or some kind of a strange work outing. Dad added a line into song though, "Loafers wants to stick it in but if you're smart you'll fuckin' fuck your boss!"
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" was just as awesome as it was in Old School but the true highlight was Dan's take on Beyonce's "Single Ladies," where he matched the video's dancing step-for-step while chanting the lyrics. Fuckin' priceless.
What should The Dan Band cover next? Where you at the show?