Ben Folds Five

  • Aired:  10/01/12
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Alternative rock trio Ben Folds Five says that their band name was supposed to be comical, but even their manager didn't think it wasn't funny. (3:15)

>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS A NEW ALBUM TITLED THE SOUND OF THE LIFE OF THE MIND.

FORTUNATELY, MY MIND HAS NO NO-- PLEASE WELCOME BEN FOLDS FIVE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) HEY, BEN, PLEASURE TO SEE YOU, ROBERT, DARREN, GOOD TO SEE YOU.

HEY, THANKS TO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

>> SURE, YEAH.

>> GOOD TO BE HERE.

>> NOW IT'S BEN FOLDS FIVE.

WHY ONLY THREE S IT BECAUSE FIVE IS THE BEST NUMBER?

>> IT HAD SORT OF-- WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A JOKE.

AND IT WASN'T FUNNY.

(LAUGHTER)

>> WE THOUGHT IT WAS HILARIOUS.

LIKE I CAME HOME, HE WAS MOWING THE LAWN AND HE JUST WAS LIKE HANGING OFF THE LAWN MOWER AND JUST LAUGHING

HYSTERICALLY THAT DAY.

AND THEN-- DID YOU LAUGH.

>> I DIDN'T LIKE IT.

>> HE DIDN'T LIKE IT.

>> WE ASKED OUR MANAGER IF HE LIKED THE NAME.

I SAID IT IS GOING TO BE BEN FOLDS FIVE, HE SAID THERE'S ONLY THREE OF YOU.

AND I SAID IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE FUNNY.

HE SAID I GOT A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND THERE'S NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT THAT NAME.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: YOUR MANAGER IS A GANGSTER FROM THE 1930s.

>> A LITTLE BIT.

SO OKAY, SO IT HAS BEEN 13 YEARS SINCE YOU HAVE DONE AN ALBUM TOGETHER.

WHAT'S LIKE MOST DIFFERENT FOR YOU GUYS.

>> CELL PHONES.

>> CELL PHONES.

>> THAT IS A BIG ONE, THE INTERNET.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE NOW THAT YOU'RE BACK IN THE BIZ, BY THE BUSINESS I MEAN THE INDUSTRY, DO YOU, ARE YOU

GUYS LIKE TWEETING, TWITTERING AND DOING THE MYSPACE AND FRIENDSTER AND ALL THAT GOOD STUFF.

>> YEAH.

>> ARE DO HAPPY TO DO ALL THAT SOCIAL MEDIA STUFF.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: WHO IS THE TECH SAVVY GUY HERE.

>> I THINK.

>> -- I DO TWITTARY LOT.

I TWEET.

>> Stephen: HAVE YOU TWEETED FOR A LONG TIME.

>> I HAVE, I AM LIKE A TWO-YEAR-OLD TWEETER NOW.

>> I USUALLY SAY LIKE THE NEW ALBUM IS COMING OUT SOON.

CHECK IT OUT.

CHECK US OUT ON COLBERT.

CHECK US OUT, WE'RE PLAYING A SHOW, STUFF LIKE THAT.

>> Stephen: VERY EXCITING STUFF.

(LAUGHTER) NOW THE NAME OF THE ALBUM IS THE SOUND OF THE LIFE OF THE MIND.

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE TITLE OF THE ALBUM.

(LAUGHTER)

>> IT IS KIND OF CONFUSING AFTER A WHILE.

>> Stephen: WELL, THE SOUND OF THE LIFE OF THE MIND.

WHAT IS THE SOUND OF THE LIFE OF THE MIND?

>> WELL, THE TITLE COMES FROM A TRACT THAT NICK HORNBY THE AUTHOR WROTE THE LYRICS TOO.

AND HE CORROBORATED WITH BEN ON THE SONG.

>> HE'S AN AUTHOR AND HE WRITES GOOD WORK.

AND WE JUST THOUGHT HIS TIGHT SELL GOING TO BE BETTER.

THAT'S REALLY WHAT IT WAS.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> YEAH, WE LOOKED DOWN ALL THE POSSIBLE SONG TITLES AND MOST OF THEM I WROTE THE WORDS TO AND THEY TO ME

WEREN'T AS INTERESTING AS NICKS.

>> Stephen: WELL, QUITE A SALES JOB ON YOUR LYRICS.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: WON'T YOU PLEASE DO A SONG.

>> YEAH, OKAY.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, THANK YOU, BEN.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH A PERFORMANCE BY BEN FOLDS FIVE

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