The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Ben Folds!

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Today Ben Folds celebrates his 46th birthday, and we rock along with him. I've always liked Ben -- his mix of emotional and geeky songs appeals to me, as do his guts in naming his three-piece band "Ben Folds Five." Let's check a few classic performances by the man and (at times) his band. If you have to pick one of these to watch, try "In Love." It has Shatner. Lots of Shatner.

"Underground," 1997

"Show me the mosh pit...." With Ben Folds Five, obviously.

"In Love," ft. William Shatner and Fear of Pop, 1999

This.

"Battle of Who Could Care Less," 1997

Man, they were so young and skinny.

"Philosophy," Live on Jools Holland

A little confusion about where Ben is from. For the record, it's North Carolina.

"Tiny Dancer"

Sweet Elton glasses, Ben.

"One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces"

Now he's big and important.

"Careless Whisper," ft. Rufus Wainwright, 2004

"I'm never gonna dance again" -- I don't believe it for a second, Rufus.

"Army," Live in Nashville

Audience participation ahoy!

"Such Great Heights," 2006

Remember the Postal Service? Remember when people did live shows at Myspace?! Yep.

Live on Chatroulette (in Concert), 2010

Ben Folds, during a concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, decided to take to Chatroulette as an ode to Merton. Moderate swearing ensues.

"Things You Think" ft. Nick Hornby and Pomplamoose

"I'm all for feminism, but it's cost me my one shot at immortality" -Nick Hornby.

"Video Killed the Radio Star"

Ben does a killer cover of this Woolley & the Camera Club/Buggles joint. I have long treasured my bootleg of the Ben Folds Five called Stuttgart & Ziggy's -- their live version of this rules, but I couldn't find a live rendition online.

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I am barely scratching the surface of the Ben Folds canon here. Help me out, people -- what are your favorites?

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