[UPDATE: Watch the historic Jimmy Fallon performance by Odd Future's Tyler the Creator here.]
The ever controversial Odd Future (OFWGKTA) rap collective is set to perform tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. We're not sure what this means, but we imagine a certain amount of destruction, danger and disrespect will be involved. (At least, we hope.) Earlier today, Roots drummer Questlove hopped on Twitter to share this: “Just got done the strangest musical experience ever: The Roots & Odd Future singing Ole Time Gospel Hour music tonight on @LateNightJimmy!” So we're geeked, to say the least. We're also a little concerned. With this being the group's network television debut and all, there's so much that could go wrong. Thus, we're hoping Tyler the Creator and co. might learn a thing or two from TV mishaps past. Watch some of the most infamous below.
6. Let's start easy. Cypress Hill was banned from Saturday Night Live for life when DJ Muggs lit up a spliff at the beginning of their 1993 performance of “I Ain't Goin' Out Like That.” Actually, that was how you went out, bruh. Odd Future leader Tyler is known to huff inhaler gas while performing, but he's actually got a prescription for that.
5. Frankly, this next one is just awesome, and we'd be stoked to see OFWGKTA reenact the Who's explosive 1967 appearance on the Smother Brothers Comedy Hour. Skip to the finale if you must, when “My Generation” ends in an explosion that sets Pete Townshend's hair on fire. On second thought, we wouldn't want to see anything happen to Questo's 'fro.
4. Ah, politics. They go so well with both drugs and explosions, but alas, live network television isn't the best place to stage an impromptu soapbox moment. Well, SNL isn't, at least. In 1992, Sinead O'Connor performed a stirring a capella rendition of the Bob Marley classic “War,” and ended by calling the Pope evil and ripping up his picture. Sacrilege, huh? Odd Future's logo is an upside-down crucifix. Uh-oh.
3. We still protest Lorne Michaels' ban on Elvis Costello. In 1977, the Attractions were booked to play SNL, but asked to swap out their song “Radio Radio” for something that didn't directly harangue the current state of the media. They pinch-hit with “Less Than Zero,” but then pulled an immediate audible (music geeks are allowed to mix sports metaphors) and did “Radio Radio” anyway. The footage has disappeared from the web, but the 1999 clip of Costello “Sabotage”-ing the Beastie Boys still exists, and it's incredible.
2. Like a lot of rappers, Odd Future have received criticism for sometimes performing with backing vocal tracks. (Come on, they've played like 5 shows, and Tyler has asthma). But no matter what happens tonight on Fallon, we thankfully don't see this one as a possibility. Here's All About Eve, not performing “Martha's Harbour” on Top of the Pops in 1988.
And the number one, most balls out ridiculous TV band appearance disaster of all time is …
1. Fear on SNL in 1981. Insults, injury and property damage ran rampant as a bunch of East Coast punks stormed the studios and eventually caused an all-out riot. Again, footage is hard to come by, but John Joseph of the Cro-Mags delivers a fantastic recollection of that fateful day in the clip below. We're actually thinking there's a good chance Questo could be telling a similar story in a few years.
Finally, in case you're not one of the 500K people who've viewed the “Yonkers” video that Tyler released on Friday, watch it below. We hope to hear this one tonight.