It turned into this absurd family drama. © 2020 Condé Nast. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io, A New Play on Amazon Reminds Us What's At Stake, Everything We Know About Haunting Of Season Three, 'The Boys' Season 3 Will Explore 'Supe' Origins, Hannah Grose's Bly Manor Ghost Story Explained, Everything We Know About 'The Crown' Season Four, Tracking Down the Hidden Ghosts in 'Bly Manor', Everything We Know About the Obi-Wan Kenobi Show, SNL Host Bill Burr Delivers Polarizing Monologue. Similar to the first three notes of MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine,” I will find myself triggered by “Misbehavin’” for the rest of my life. It had to feel like it’s something that actually existed in the world at some point. But Walton was way more methodical and really wanted to get into character. The cast and crew of HBO's The Righteous Gemstones were on … That version ended up getting posted online illegally, and someone sent it to my wife as proof that they had found the original. I was using different plug-ins and effect to mangle the sound and change it around so that it sounds big and gross at times and other times sounds really pretty and maybe spaced out. Try watching this video on www.youtube.com, or enable JavaScript if it is disabled in your browser. Pitchfork may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. But this version with Goggins and Nettles is the one that ended up going viral, a hit among fans of the show and newcomers alike who couldn’t get it out of their heads — especially that line about “running through the house with a pickle in my mouth.” It’s arguably the greatest moment on television in 2019. Watching it now feels like a musical … Created by Danny McBride. It really speaks to how those two characters relate to each other, and there’s something desperate in the way these adults perform this juvenile song. It’s dicey to make a show that’s set in this heavily religious background, especially when you’re filming it in the Deep South. Danny pushes me to do something different all the time, but it’s rarely ever like, “Let’s make comedy music.” It’s more like, “Let’s make music that we find interesting.”. Joseph Stephens is the composer behind Danny McBride’s HBO series The Righteous Gemstones, and he helped craft one of the show’s funniest moments—the song “Misbehavin”—which he co-wrote with McBride and co-star Edi Patterson.In the show, “Misbehavin” is performed by the sibling musical duo of Baby Billy (Walton Goggins) and Aimee-Leigh (Jennifer Nettles). As they’re talking about him, you hear this percussive sound come in. It was fun to explore the way their vocals were mixed and the way their instruments were mixed. That was fun because I was using these percussive rhythms that I wouldn’t normally go to. How familiar were you with that kind of setting? They really did kill it. It stars McBride, John Goodman, Edi Patterson, Adam DeVine, Cassidy Freeman, Tony Cavalero, Tim Baltz, Skyler Gisondo, and Walton Goggins.In September 2019, HBO renewed the series … All rights reserved. They’d been a child singing act years ago, and this countrified tale of juvenile hijinks was their biggest hit. They created it over the course of three hours: the antichrist, masquerading as an innocently menacing song about children misbehaving. There’s one cue near the end of the first season when the Gemstone kids are wondering what happened to Walton’s character. You’re supposed to feel that these siblings are enjoying themselves and having fun with the song. And they had to be fast so they could do some legitimate clogging during the interludes. He plays an array of instruments for a diverse range of projects — many of them starring his old friend McBride, including Vice Principals and The Legacy of a White Deer Hunter. I actually started using a big church organ, playing with some of the bass pedals in ways that sounded cinematic and less traditional. Please do not listen to this song, conveniently tempting you by the powers of Satan below: That’s perhaps what Gemstones has done best in its inaugural season: created a world that is painfully accurate to televangelism and the hypnotizing, borderline creepy music that often accompanies religious awakening. The series follows a famous yet dysfunctional family of televangelists. You’re not exploiting the church for cheap laughs. But I’ve been stuck with it since Sunday night, and let me be the first to tell you that unconsciously whisper-singing “running through the house with a pickle in my mouth” doesn’t go over well on the New York City subway. The 2020 Movies That Are Streaming Online Early, What Happens If Trump Can't Fulfill His Duties, Dickies Work Pants Are the Brand at Its Best, The Turntable to Buy for Killer Sound and Style, The Righteous Gemstones Took a Dig at Trump, 'The Righteous Gemstones' Has the Right Idea. Music seems like a big part of what McBride does. Halfway through the first season of HBO’s megachurch comedy The Righteous Gemstones, the show devotes an entire episode to a flashback, showing how the family of Bible-thumping televangelists came to be so hilariously dysfunctional. I wanted to remind the audience of that character, so that he would be kind of hanging around some scenes even though he’s not really on screen. Dance is such a big part of that first performance of the song. They were convinced that it was something that had existed before. Halfway through the first season of HBO’s megachurch comedy The Righteous Gemstones, the show devotes an entire episode to a flashback, showing how the family of Bible-thumping televangelists came to be so hilariously dysfunctional. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 1/1/20) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated 1/1/20) and Your California Privacy Rights. Within the Gemstones universe, “Misbehavin’” is a wholesome childhood hit by the Christian singing-and-clogging duo of Aimee-Leigh and Baby Billy Freeman. But it’s playful. What was it like recording with them? Misbehavin written by Danny McBride and Edi Patterson, performed by Walton Goggins and Jennifer Nettles for HBOs The Righteous Gemstones. September 17, … The glue that held them together was lost, and now they’re just coming apart. The actress, who plays volatile Gemstone sibling Judy, also writes for the Danny McBride HBO comedy. When the song first appeared on set, apparently a lot of the crew were confused about it. Totally. In the show, “Misbehavin” is performed by the sibling musical duo of Baby Billy (Walton Goggins) and Aimee-Leigh (Jennifer Nettles). The televised Christianity and the pastel TV sets and the strange reference to “the guy in the thorny crown”—it’s both a young Baptist’s drug and his greatest nightmare. It sounds like percussion, but it’s clogging. It was definitely challenging the whole way ‘round. And now, it’s on streaming services. A lot of viewers thought this was an actual song that had existed for fifty or sixty years. “I’ve never had any formal training in music, outside of when I was a kid learning classical guitar,” he says. I had them clog and do some of the routines they’d rehearsed. Performed by the now-deceased Aimee-Leigh (Jennifer Nettles) and her brother Baby Billy (Walton Goggins), the song haunts me like the idea of a mosquito getting in your ear and living there forever. But it wasn’t a children’s song – more like a country song that had been made famous by kids. The song would pop up two more times during the season, in different arrangements from different times: one from the 1960s, another from the ‘80s, and finally one in the present day. It’s not about what they do. Take a listen below. BGS: The Righteous Gemstones is set in a South Carolina megachurch, where of course music is going to be very prominent. It threads through the series to present a very basic moral to the story: When you misbehave, bad things happen. I went to a Methodist church that had this massive organ built into the room. And there are three versions: There’s the version the kids recorded in the ‘60s, the version we see them perform in the ‘80s, and another version from the present day. “Misbehavin’” was written by the show’s creator Danny McBride, actress Edi Patterson, and composer Joseph Stephens, whose attention to detail ensured that many viewers would think the song had been around for ages. That became a big part of Walton’s character. You’ve heard this song before, maybe, somewhere. So I rarely ever score a joke. He thought he had found this old recording of these two kids singing it. I was listening to a lot of their music just trying to figure out how they got a particular sound or whether they were putting autoharp and guitar in the same channel, just hyper-analyzing all of it. But I had faith that they would find a way to do it right. It’s perfect. The series follows a famous yet dysfunctional family of televangelists. Walton Goggins and Jennifer Nettles in The Righteous Gemstones. I think John Goodman’s character in particular had better intentions, and we’ll see how much of that gets touched on in the future. Four days have passed since I was first afflicted by the fake Country-Christian song “Misbehavin'” from The Righteous Gemstones. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. Dr. Eli Gemstone John Goodman. With John Goodman, Danny McBride, Adam Devine, Edi Patterson. Season 1 Extras. We had to audition a bunch of kids and then go out to California to record them. The song came to be after show composer Joseph Stephens and stars Edi Patterson and Danny McBride presumably threw the opposite of holy water on a guitar and watched it come to life. I knew it was going to be somewhere in the world of Johnny Cash, with a traditional chord structure, two minutes long, two verse and a chorus and an instrumental break. I wrote a bunch of music that I gave to Danny and the writers as they were putting the show together, just kind of formulating ideas. Follow The Righteous Gemstones. But it’s really something you’re not supposed to notice. Jennifer Nettles and Walton Goggins perform "Misbehavin' " from HBO's "The Righteous Gemstones." Essentially, the brother-sister duo had one child-aged hit about “being little country kids,” and it’s the worst best track you’ve ever heard. He and Edi did their version together, which is very different from the ‘80s version. Read “What Comedian Danny McBride Is Listening to Right Now” on the Pitch. But that’s fun for me.”. There are always unexpected music cues in his shows that suggest a very deep knowledge. Judy Gemstone Edi Patterson. Featured Characters. Stephens: I went to church as a kid, and I was fascinated by big organ. Country star Jennifer Nettles sings “Misbehavin’” in character as Aimee-Leigh, joined by Walton Goggins as Baby Billy for the song’s “reunion” edition. We didn’t want to do it in a way that was too on the nose, though. Both the “original” kiddie version and a later-day “reunion” performance are now streaming. What kind of research did you do for the song? Joseph Stephens is the composer behind Danny McBride’s HBO series The Righteous Gemstones, and he helped craft one of the show’s funniest moments—the song “Misbehavin”—which he co-wrote with McBride and co-star Edi Patterson.