"Previously On Lost" Live – Part 3: Sonically Found

Previously On Lost is a band that re-caps each episode of Lost. They had a show Sunday, June 1st at The Knitting Factory in Manhattan. The following is the third and final chapter of my adventure to see them live, where I discuss the actual show. To read about what happened prior to the show read Part One and Part Two.

These guys are amazingly talented; incredibly inventive. They create original songs evoking a wide range of genres and incredibly detailed and provocatively subtle overtones of meaning in every word of the lyrics. I was overwhelmed while writing this. Repeatedly returning to their album and listening to some of the songs I missed at the live show reinforced how truly amazing this stuff was. I am not exaggerating. Familiarity with the intricacies of Lost’s dialogue and plot enhances the experience with this music 10-fold, you can appreciate the lyrics much more if you’ve seen the show. But even people who have never seen Lost could easily be drawn into the music that Previously On Lost has created.

And now, the final chapter from my evening with Previously On Lost, live, at The Knitting Factory on June 1st.

9:10pm – Nicotine buzz now vanished, PBR buzz kicking in; elated that the show was beginning to start. As I entered the venue hall I was handed a lei, which I draped around my neck. That, the PBR, the stage decorations and the no re-entry policy really created the atmosphere of being somewhere else.

Some overall impressions about the performance; there was a lot going on musically here. Many Lost parody bands use other songs much in the way that Weird Al Yankovic does, but not these guys. They take an episode, apply a genre (or “sound”), write the lyrics, which are incredibly funny, ESPECIALLY live, and then put it all together to make an original song. These songs are free of direct imitation of specific artists (or at least as far as I could tell). When you listen to these guys you don’t sit there and think “Oh, they are parodying that song.” Instead it’s clear that each piece is Previously On Lost’s pure creation, not just their lyrics. If you missed it in Part Two, here’s how the concert kicked off:



We’re Goin’ Home!Yeah, yeah, yeah! We’re goin’ home! The song re-capping The Beginning Of The End proclaims. A very upbeat start to things, for an episode, that in retrospect, was pretty dark as far as Lost is concerned. This song began the comedic trend of the evening, while having ominous tones of the dark aspects of the episode. We are the Oceanic Six, We are the Oceanic Six was a repetitive and brilliant end to the song and opening of the concert (considering they wrote the song before having seen the entire season), as the experiences of the Oceanic Six ended up being a major theme throughout Season 4.

Adam and Jeff take time between each song to talk to the audience. I wish I had gotten more of these interactions on video, because it would make it clear how funny these guys were in person, as opposed to just on record. Adam began talking about the next song, and who it centered on, without naming him. Of course, I knew the episode was The Economist and was Sayid-centric, Sayid being my favorite character on Lost. Without hesitation I yelled out “Sayid!” “Who was that?” Adam said. “SAYID!” I repeated. “Ah Sayid. Did anyone else know that?” Adam asked the audience. No one raised a hand or shouted back. “No? Ah okay, so just that guy.” I was representing for Sayid. And the rest of the audience was just too weak to go along with it. So began….

The Ballad Of Sayid Jarrah – One of my favorite songs of the evening. A group of back up singers joined Jeff and Adam on stage for this one. Here’s a sample from the song, when they describe Sayid’s double-crossed relationship with Elsa, who is working for The Economist:



Wherever Sun Go – Another favorite of mine. If you’re reading upside down books, you’re fishing without karma on your hooks. Genius. The variety of motifs these guys used in this song worked really well. As the lyrics are hitting you, and these guys are up there singing them, with a full band, you can’t help but laugh and be in awe all at once. The humor definitely radiated into the audience. Everyone seeemed to be having just as much fun as I was, I can only hope that other Lost fans present were also soaking up the wonderful subtleties of the lyrics that are amalgamated with the truly beautiful sounds of the music. For example:

About 1/2 way into Season 4 (and the show) I decided I’d test the re-entry rule for a cigarette. This is when my Lost-cross of the evening took place.

“You mind if I have a smoke?” I asked the irritable security guard, who seemed to be busy fending of more Punkies. He looked at me, then looked around for a second, and motioned me over to the red rope on the sidewalk.

“Stand behind the red rope.”

“Thanks buddy.” I tell people they are my buddy whenever I have doubts about their character.

I was not alone in the journey to smoke. Another young man, without the piercings and tatoos, joined me behind the red rope.

“So, what do you think of the show?” He asked.

“It’s great, I’m a big fan of Lost, these guys really know what they’re talking about” I said. We got talking and schooling came up fairly quickly. I found out what college he went to and mentioned that I knew a bunch of people that went there. I spouted off some names and one lit his eyebrow.

“You know her?” He said.

“Yeah, I dated her when I was like 14.”

“Really?” He didn’t seem too proud of me. “She was my P.C.” I had no idea what a P.C. was.

“P.C.?” I asked.

“Yeah, was she really controlling?” He continued, oblivious to the fact that I didn’t understand what “P.C.” meant.

“I suppose she was….” Wow. So this guy knew her. My Lost evening had become that much more complete with its own Lost-cross. I might say “only in New York”… but clearly this was an “only on The Island” sort of moment. We went back inside.

Smoking had cost me. I ended up missing Michael’s return, Ben’s trip to the future and Jack’s introduction to a fiendishly self-destructive lifestyle. Within seconds it became clear that we had reached Cabin Fever, or, Move It! as Previously On Lost calls their re-cap of that episode. Excellent. While I had missed a good deal, I was just in time for the episodes There’s No Place Like Home, There’s No Place Like Home and There’s No Place Like Home.



BFF (Best Found Friends)BFF was another one of my favorites for the evening. It starts off picking up where the first song of the evening ended… We are the Oceanic Six, We are the Oceanic Six… that really brought things full circle for me. It definitley was feeling like a completely sonic Season 4 experience.



Towards the end of BFF I noticed some girls walking around the audience handing out cake. Or, should I say, “surprise birthday cake”. I didn’t get a piece, but I would have only settled for the last piece, if given the opportunity, because, you know, those are the best.

Minutes later began the final song, All My Friends Go Back, a Lost meets Amazing Grace gospel rendition. They had a lot of fun with this one, as did I.



At that point Jeff and Adam made it clear that we were going back to the island (like The Oceanic 6 need to do, pay attention) and going back to the island, in this case meant, well, you just have to watch:




With that the show had come to a close, a truly bittersweet moment. I had really enjoyed myself. I got a chance to meet the band and get a copy of their album, and with that I took off my lei, put my CD in my pocket and headed for the A Train.

An hour later I was back uptown.

Uh-oh. Shuttle bus time.

I decided instead of cramming onto the bus I would just walk home, who knows, maybe I’d find more money on the street (I didn’t). When I got home I took a picture of my tangible memories of a truly wonderful evening.

I leave you with this folks, a piece of a song that I missed on my smoke break, but later came to love when listening to their album:

Previously On Lost is a band that re-caps each episode of Lost. “The Tale Of Season 4 And The Oceanic Six” is available now for $7, a true bargain, so make sure to pick it up. To check out Previously On Lost online, visit their MySpace page. Also make sure to read Part One of this story, where I chronicle my discovery of $21 on the sidewalk, and Part Two, where I end up spending it all.