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Author: J. Freedom du Lac
02/21/2008 | Washington Post | www.washingtonpost.com | Feature
Georgie James, the darlings of the D.C. indie-pop scene, will soon be As Seen On TV: The band has been invited to perform on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" next Wednesday.

John Davis, who fronts the group with Laura Burhenn, says they'll perform "Need Your Needs," a song that's been in heavy rotation on my own ear buds ever since the Georgie James debut, "Places," landed on my desk last year. "It's a song that's easy to find, if somebody saw us on TV, liked us and wanted to learn more about the band," Davis says, noting that there's a video - and that the song is available as a proper single.

Anyway, onto the quick Q&A.

Big musical week coming up on Conan: Wilco, James Blunt, Shooter Jennings and Will Ferrell, who played a mean flute on "Anchorman." That's some tough competition. What's your game plan?
It's going to be such bizarre territory for us to do something like this. We're almost not really thinking about it. Andrew [Black], our drummer, has been on the show once before [with Black's old band, the Explosion]; but the rest of us have never really done anything like it. I've played on a couple of regional TV show, but this is the first time I've done anything with this kind of an audience. I guess we're going to try to be natural and not think about it too much and just kind of embrace the bizarreness of it.

Are you going to practice your one song, like, 25 times in a row before you go on? How do you get ready?
We've played that song so many times. It came up just the other day: Should we get together and practice before we go up for this? But there's really no need. We just came off a European tour where we were playing that song every night for weeks. And there's going to be line checks and sound checks before we perform. We'll be warmed up.

You're going to miss Natalie Portman by one night. How upsetting is that?
Pretty upsetting. But I'm especially upset about missing Will Ferrell. My wife and I were talking about who the stars are going to be when we're on. I knew Will Farrell has a movie coming out that weekend and thought maybe we'd get to meet him. Unfortunately, we're missing him. I'm still waiting to find out who else is going to be on the show with us. I was looking at that list, and every other day, there was somebody I wanted to meet: Cristina Ricci, Natalie Portman, Will Farrell, Will Arnett. But so far, we're the only ones scheduled [on Wednesday].

Do you have a national TV outfit? Or do you have to hire a stylist to pick something?
I haven't really thought about it. I'd imagine there probably won't be much thought put into it. I'm sure everybody will have that in their minds a little more than normal, but we won't be wearing coordinated suits or anything.

What are some of the more memorable musical performances you've seen on late-night TV?
Mostly it's stuff I remember from junior high and high school, when I was a little more of an avid late-night TV watcher. "Saturday Night Live" was a show I watched every week in the late '80s, early '90s. For some reason, Teenage Fanclub on "Saturday Night Live" jumps out, probably because it was so bizarre that they were on national television. I remember when Jawbox was on Conan O'Brien in '94 or '95. That seemed so strange, that this band from D.C. was on such a big show. I definitely remember watching that; it was cool. It was strange but memorable whenever a band from DC was on TV when I was that age, whether it was Velocity Girl on MTV or Jawbox on Jon Stewart or Conan. I also remember seeing Neil Young on "Saturday Night Live" when "Freedom" came out and he did "Rockin' in the Free World." That was definitely good.

One last thing: Will you get Springsteen's number from Max Weinberg while you're there? I'd love to interview Bruce.
I'll see what I can do.
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