Useless Info (7)
Yes! During the auditions of Season 8 of American Idol, Vaughn English of Prairie Village, KS hopped on the audition block weilding a banana and wearing a yellow and orange suit to sing Tally Hall’s Banana Man.
The judges were confused and amused but quickly discarded Mr. English and moved on to the next audition.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htkFh6qLehU
If the other FAQ wasn’t enough for you, here’s a little more trivia:
Rob’s high-school band “listedBlack” featured Rob on guitar, Zach Krasman on bass, and Zubin on (believe it or not) drums. listedBlack continued until 2002 when Rob moved to Ann Arbor.
They also had an EP, “Songs About Girls,” which included tracks entitled “Passing,” “Effort and Apathy,” “Almost Raining,” and “Yearbook,” the latter of which went on to become a track on Tally Hall’s Pingry EP. An individual assumed to have gone to high-school with the listedBlack crew reports that other songs were written, but were only performed live, and were probably not recorded.
Almost a year after the band’s demise, Zubin moved to Ann Arbor, picked up the bass, and the primordial Tally Hall lineup began to take shape.
THERE. There’s your minuscia. Now lemme alone.
A livejournal stumbled upon during a google search for listedBlack turned up the following quote: “…but yeah, the show was great, the band sounded fantastic. in high school when it was rob, zubin, zach, and bj as ‘Listed Black’ i don’t think i ever assumed it would turn into anything big and exciting. good for them. i’m so proud of my friends.” Apparently there was ANOTHER member of the band named BJ. Information on listedBlack can therefore be at best described as shady. I’ll see what I can learn/add to this puzzle…
After travelling halfway around the world, spending over 37 million dollars, and losing 10 of my 12-Man travel group, I tracked down Joe Hawley himself. I found him as he was plucking the strings of a homemade guitar made from two empty sea-turtle shells, elephant whiskers, and sloth vertebrae. He looked up and gave me a smile as I struggled to hold my beaten, bruised, and dehydrated body up against the wall of his “apartment” sized house. I greeted him with a handshake and asked him your question.
As he began to play the beginning to a new song hes writing, he whispered to me…. “11.5”
Anything else you need to know?
“My friend has an old Tally Hall shirt which has a chinchilla on it and chinchillas are listed as one of Tally Hall’s facebook interests. Is there any special reason or inside joke or something about the band’s interest in chinchillas?”
The Chinchilla was the original logo for Tally Hall. I think maybe one of the member’s owned one? I’m not sure why they held such an interest in it but they pretty much dropped the chinchilla obsession around Spring 2005.
I heard that The Simpsons made fun of Joe Hawley for singing in a children’s hospital commercial. Is this true?
Maybe! Sort of. It’s open to interpretation.
The story goes: Joe Hawley, a member of SAG, has done a few commercials in his day. One of them was him singing in a Children’s Hospital commercial. There is an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Rosebud” that briefly mimics the scene Joe did. Although there’s no proof that it was indeed a mock of the commercial, the similarities were enough to get some people, including Joe, wondering about the possibility.
In a July ’08 conversation, however, Joe indicated his opinion these days is that the chances are very slim and he doesn’t necessarily hold the belief that it’s true.