Following epic performances by the Shins and Roger Waters with Foo Fighters, night three of Jimmy Fallon's Pink Floyd Week featured MGMT, the youngest band involved in the tribute, playing a track off The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Pink Floyd's oldest album. With its psychedelia-soaked melodies, oddball and inscrutable lyrics, and borderline schizophrenic tonal shifts, "Lucifer Sam" is essentially a Cliff's Notes to MGMT's second album Congratulations. So naturally they tackle Syd Barrett's ode to a Siamese cat with ease. As for the bubbles and matching fishermen outfits -- a play on the song's lyric "Lucifer Sam, go to sea. Be a hip cat, be a ship cat" -- maybe MGMT has been having some fun with the same substances Barrett used while writing Piper.
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon will shift from a song by Barrett to a song about Barrett as country singer Dierks Bentley is set to perform Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" tonight. Pearl Jam wrap up Floyd week tomorrow with a rendition of "Mother." Until then, check out the original "Lucifer Sam":
- Jimmy Fallon
- Pink Floyd
- Syd Barrett