Watch the Shins Play ‘Funny or Die’-Inspired Song ‘Clapping Butter’
It looks like a glamorous life, but we all know how much of a grind promoting a new album can be, so it’s nice to see James Mercer and his latest lineup of the Shins taking the time to stop and have a laugh while they’re out making the rounds for the just-released ‘Port of Morrow.’
Mercer laughed it up a few weeks ago when he appeared in a pair of clips for Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Funny or Die site, and he revisited the experience during a recent visit to Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, leading the band through a brief song inspired by the Funny or Die sketch ‘Clapping Butter.’
You can watch the whole thing here and revel in the utter un-Shinsiness of it all, from the screeching lead vocals on the verse to the concluding lines of vague (yet still vaguely disturbing) wisdom: “If you wanna use clapping butter, don’t touch yourself.”
The fourth Shins album, ‘Port of Morrow,’ was released March 20, breaking a five-year drought of new material for the group. But the time away hasn’t seemed to put a dent in their fanbase: ‘Morrow’ debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts, signaling that Mercer and his bandmates could have plenty of live dates and promotional appearances in their immediate future. Here’s hoping they keep taking a little time to be goofy once in awhile.
Watch the Shins Perform ‘Clapping Butter’