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Yes, We All Wish Natalie is Freezing Was a Real Band

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | May 15, 2015 |

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | May 15, 2015 |

There are a lot of immensely talented fictional bands in television, from Sebastian Bach’s Hep Alien (Gilmore Girls), Dr. Funke’s 100% Natural Good Time Family Band Solution (Arrested Development), to the Mayberry Band in Andy Griffith. They’re all great in their own way, but I have developed a particular soft spot for Natalie is Freezing, the fictional band in Community fronted by Lisa Loeb. I’m not alone, obviously, because while Natalie is Freezing sounds like something you’d hear at Lilith Fair in the 1990s, appeals to many demographics, even those who are black or old. And while we’re only familiar with two verses from one song, “Pillar of Garbage,” I think it’s safe to say that Natalie is Freezing belongs in the upper echelons of fictional television bands, along with the likes of Parks and Recreation’s Mouserat and Landry Clarke’s Christian speed metal band, Crucifictorious, in Friday Night Lights.

Just give it a listen. It will change your world.

The lyrics are also profoundly deep.

Everyone is into Natalie is Freezing. It’s even inspiring cover versions.

Some of us have had the song stuck in our head for a very long time.

Dan Harmon obviously spared no expense. The music video’s special effects were budget busting.

Natalie is Freezing video shoot.

A photo posted by Gillian Jacobs (@gillianjacobs) on

But the truth is, you really can’t beat a live performance from Natalie is Freezing.

This, folks, has been your periodic reminder that, though the Internet has forgotten about it, Community is still on, it’s still very good, and there’s only a few episodes left. After you go see Mad Max this weekend, do yourself a favor and catch up.

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