The 38th season of Saturday Night Live kicked off in style tonight with Frank Ocean as the musical guest, providing two of the show’s most memorable performances in recent memory (Seth MacFarlane hosted). Ocean delivered a stripped-back rendition of Channel Orange opener ‘Thinkin Bout You’ — although not quite as stripped back as his recent VMAs performance — as well as a shorter version of album highlight ‘Pyramids‘, during which he played some arcade games (!) while the bro John Mayer noodled and made weird faces. Immediately following the performance, Ocean debuted the long-awaited video for ‘Pyramids’ on his tumblr. Directed by NABIL, the clip is an appropriately epic and hazy affair which follows Frank as he gets drunk, shoots up a bar, rides his motorbike through the desert, and discovers the NSFW titular strip club. And once again, John Mayer solos for good measure. Both the performances and the video are timely reminders that Ocean is absolutely on the top of his game right now, and clearly the artist of 2012, but let’s hope this is the last time we have to talk about Mayer.
Watch Frank Ocean perform on Saturday Night Live below.
Watch the video for ‘Pyramids’ below.