In season 2 of IFC's Documentary Now!, the episode "Test Pattern-Final
Transmission" parodied/paid tribute to Jonathan Demme's "Stop Making Sense,"
a concert documentary of the Talking Heads.
In order to get the same feel and sound, the directors organized a live
performance of Test Pattern in San Gabriel, California. Fred Armisen and
Bill Hader put together a band that onstage would tell the chronological story
of Test Pattern, by adding band members, song by song. It starts with Fred
Armisen and a guitar ("This Is My Street"), then a trio with Bill Hader on bass
and Jon Wurster on drums ("Art + Student = Poor"), and then Jon Spurney on
keyboards and Maya Rudolph on vocals and synth. Musicians and singers are
added throughout the show, but those are they key members of Test Pattern. The
last song, "Everybody's Moving Around" is sung and co-written by Bill Hader,
presented as that one song on an album not sung by the lead singer. Senon
Williams plays additional bass on that one. The concert was real, as the show put
the word out to anyone who wanted to go. Trying to stay true to the aesthetics of
the time, they added: "80's attire gets you best seats."