Yo La Tengo to Play Night Ranger Cover Band on Parks and Recreation Finale


Hey, Parks and Recreation fans: Remember a few episodes back, when Andy discovered Ron Swanson is Duke Silver (swoon!)? He tried to persuade the saxophonist to play the Unity Concert, saying “I have you on right after Bobby Knight Ranger. It’s a Night Ranger cover band that wears red sweaters.”

Well, It turns out the Unity Concert is actually going to serve as the season finale to Parks and Recreation, and Hoboken three piece Yo La Tengo is playing the role of Bobby Knight Ranger. More from Executive Director Michael Schur on A.V. Club:

“One of our writers, Donick Carey, is very good friends with the band Yo La Tengo, who are one of my favorite bands, and he emailed them and said, ‘Hey, do you guys want to play Bobby Knight Ranger?’ And they were, like, ‘Sure!’ So Yo La Tengo makes an appearance as Bobby Knight Ranger, playing ‘Sister Christian.’”

As Schur recalls, “The three of them showed up, they got dressed up in red sweaters, khakis, and white wigs, and they played ‘Sister Christian’ in front of a thousand people, introducing themselves as ‘Bobby Knight Ranger.’ It was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen…and completely delightful. It was just really cool. They were so game and so happy to be there, and it was so cool of them, because…I mean, they’re basically in disguise. Yo La Tengo fans will recognize them, definitely, but most people won’t. They just did it because they like comedy and wanted to be a part of the show. It was super cool. I’m forever in their debt.”

More on the finale — which airs April 24th — here.