Band Recaps Each Episode of Lost

Scott Simon talks to Jeff Curtin, co-founder of a band called Previously on Lost. The band takes each week's episode of the TV series "Lost" and summarizes it in a song.

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

Previously on Lost is a band that produces a song each week about the latest episode of the TV show, "Lost." Now, this is last week's song.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. ADAM SCHATZ and Mr. JEFF CURTIN (Singers, Previously on Lost): (Singing) What do you recall about the crash. (Unintelligible). The plane split in half. There was an Oceanic panic. We grabbed our life rafts. She sank like The Titanic. And why are you so fat?

SIMON: The band writes these songs in Brooklyn, which ain't no Pacific island or even very Pacific. Of course, there is a Pacific Street. Adam Schatz and Jeff Curtin are the members of Previously on Lost and have their first live show tomorrow night in New York City. Jeff Curtin joins us from our studios there. Mr. Curtin, thanks so much for being with us.

Mr. CURTIN: Thank you. Yeah, we're really excited about the show tomorrow.

SIMON: You must really like this damn TV show.

Mr. CURTIN: We've watched every episode of the show multiple times and felt that we were qualified to musically recap every episode.

SIMON: Some episodes have to be a little more difficult than others.

Mr. CURTIN: When an episode has a more-defined theme or something unbelievably ridiculous that we can focus on, you know, it's easy because we can just pick out that one thing, whether it be a catch phrase or a theme of the show like love or electromagnetism.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. CURTIN and Mr. SCHATZ: (Unintelligible). Now explain to me, oh won't you please, (unintelligible).

SIMON: Where do people hear these songs?

Mr. CURTIN: Our main spot is on MySpace.

SIMON: Is music your living yet?

Mr. CURTIN: Adam's a saxophone major at NYU and runs a few concert series in New York, and I do sound work for a living. I have a studio in Brooklyn called TreeFort(ph). I do mostly work with Indie music and recording Indie bands on either rooftops or basements.

SIMON: The series, as I understand it, has been renewed for two more years. Is this something you want to do for another two more years?

Mr. CURTIN: Well, we are thinking of moving recap beyond the scope of "Lost," things like the New York City Marathon.

SIMON: So like recap the entire New York City Marathon, which takes most of the day, into a three-and-a-half-minute song?

Mr. CURTIN: Right, exactly, or you know...

SIMON: I mean, it would go: This Ethiopian guy moved up here. This French guy moved up there. Then the Ethiopian guy won it.

Mr. CURTIN: Yeah, but you know, with a little bit of this:

(Soundbite of kazoo)

Mr. CURTIN: A little mutant kazoo in there, too. I had to throw it in.

SIMON: Fine, no, I think you've got a winner, as a matter of fact.

Mr. CURTIN: Yeah, and a big crash cymbal at the finish line for a marathon race.

SIMON: Nice talking to you, Mr. Curtin.

Mr. CURTIN: Great to talk to you.

SIMON: Jeff Curtin speaking from New York. He and Adam Schatz are members of the band Previously on Lost.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. CURTIN and Mr. SCHATZ: (Unintelligible). Did you hear about the palm tree massacre, the palm tree massacre? (Unintelligible) that on the count of three we'll go. One, two, three, dead.

SIMON: This is NPR News.

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