The Decemberists Unearth Rare 1977 German TV Performance of "Make You Better"

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Long rumored to exist, a rare 1977 German television performance of The Decemberists performing their hit song "Make You Better" on The Old Blue Rock Palace Show has just been unearthed to the delight of the band's hardcore fans among whom the fabled appearance had achieved mythical status.

You can watch the video below via VEVO. The Decemberists have also announced a long-awaited follow-up performance of "Make You Better" which will take place on the U.S. television program Conan this Wednesday, December 3rd. The song has been making a quick ascent up the Triple-A radio charts cracking the Top 10 in just three weeks.

The footage from The Old Blue Rock Palace Show provides invaluable documentation of the band's early development that will be pored over by rock historians for years to come. It was discovered on the show's website, which was previously assumed to have been defunct for decades.

The malfunctioning website has also leaked illuminating outtakes of lead singer Colin Meloy's interview with the show's host.

"Make You Better" will also be released on The Decemberists' seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, which will come out January 20th in North America on Capitol Records.

A pre-sale of the album in all formats as well as tickets for the band's North American tour are available now at

March 21 - Keller Auditorium - Portland, OR
March 24 - Northrop Auditorium - Minneapolis, MN
March 25 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
March 27 - Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL
March 28 - Royal Oak Music Theatre - Royal Oak, MI
March 30 - Massey Hall - Toronto, ON
March 31 - Benedum Center - Pittsburgh, PA
April 1 - UB Center For The Arts - Buffalo, NY
April 3 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
April 4 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
April 6 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY
April 7 - Academy of Music - Philadelphia, PA
April 9 - The Fillmore Charlotte - Charlotte, NC
April 10 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
April 11 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
April 13 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN