Frank Ocean’s ‘SNL’ Debut: Watch “Thinkin Bout You” And “Pyramids”

Carl Williott | September 15, 2012 10:16 pm

Frank Ocean made his Saturday Night Live debut on the September 15 season premiere with two knockout performances. His first song was his now-staple “Thinkin Bout You,” followed by the second half of “Pyramids” (which we predicted!). For both songs, Ocean was in front of a string of old (but functioning) arcade games, accompanied by John Mayer and a couple other non-John Mayer guitarists, as well as a drummer.

“Thinkin Bout You” is not an easy one to sing live, and Ocean seemed a little nervous during the first verse. But honestly, we liked this performance even better than his spare VMA campfire take of the same song. With the guitars whimpering all around him, the performance had more heft and drama. Check it out up top, and click through to watch “Pyramids,” which Ocean closes out by walking over to an arcade game as Mayer noodles away and it was pretty much the coolest.

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