Some very special Friends of Tom came down to the WFMU studios last night to aid the cause. Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, head Pharmacist Ted Leo and comedy superstar Patton Oswalt helped raise over $50,000(!) in three hours. How'd they do it? With the power of song. And laughter. Patton's nick-naming used car salesman routine had the web pledges coming in so fast, the computer actually broke! And how many phone champions does it take to fix a computer? Three.
Here's Ben singing Death Cab's "You Remind Me of Home" and the Monkees' "Look Out, Here Comes Tomorrow":
Ted upped the ante with Blondie's paean to the next town over, "Union City Blue," the Gorch's "Chain Fight Tonight" and his own "Bottle of Buckie":
And then they teamed up for what Tom rightly dubbed "the worst song in the world" Neil Diamond's "Porcupine Pie":
And here's Tom, Ben, Ted & Patton bringing it all home with ABBA's "Take A Chance On Me""
Thanks to Evan Savitt for the videos. Want more? Pitchfork was in the house and posted some great photos. And remember, there's still time for YOU to take a chance on WFMU. The Marathon rolls on through Sunday. Send a pledge!