The Last Dinner Party perform at World Cafe in Philadelphia : World Cafe Watch new live performances from the London band, filmed at World Cafe's studio in Philadelphia.

Watch a stripped-down live set from The Last Dinner Party

The Last Dinner Party on World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Nothing Matters"
  • "Sinner"
  • "My Lady of Mercy"
  • "On Your Side"
  • "Beautiful Boy"
  • "Caesar on a TV Screen"

We have been sitting on these live performances from The Last Dinner Party, recorded when they stopped by World Cafe's studio last fall, and we have been dying to share them with you.

Well, Prelude to Ecstasy, the London band's debut album, is finally out today. Since our original interview from December aired, The Last Dinner Party added BBC Radio 1's "Sound Of 2024" among their early-career accolades (plus, WXPN's "Artist To Watch" in January).

In this extended version of our interview, the band performs stripped-down versions of their latest singles, "On Your Side" and "Caesar on a TV Screen." They also talk about writing the album cut of "Beautiful Boy."

"It's basically about feeling envious of a specific kind of man who is so beautiful," says vocalist Abigail Morris, who wrote the song. "You're not attracted to him in a romantic way. It's more about what it's like to walk through life with the specific type of privilege of being just a beautiful man. A beautiful woman is one kind of privilege, but that comes with its own horrors and unfortunate things and fears."

This episode of World Cafe was produced and edited by Kimberly Junod. The web story was created by Miguel Perez. Our engineer is Chris Williams. Our programming and booking coordinator is Chelsea Johnson and our line producer is Will Loftus.

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