Bands lift their names from all sorts of bizarre places — abandoned vampire movie scripts, extremely obscure characters from The Simpsons. For its part, the Kyoto-based duo of Nice Legs is an homage to a throwaway line from "the worst movie ever made," The Room, and a typically stilted little romantic scene between leading man Johnny (Tommy Wiseau) and his girlfriend, Lisa (Juliette Danielle):
You have nice legs.
(LISA IS TAPPING HIS SHOULDER.)
You have nice pecs.
"I always thought it was really funny because it was very awkward just watching him talk to his girlfriend saying, 'You have nice legs,'" Greg Sestero, who played Wiseau's friend Mark in the film, tells NPR Music. "To me, his gesture of his hands to his hair is pretty funny. [The line] stood out to me, as well."
Nice Legs' band name is a particularly dedicated reflection of The Room's status as a newly minted cult classic, fueled by the film's mesmerizingly deficient directing, acting and plotting. But aside from its odd tone, at its heart lies the strangely heartwarming/disturbing friendship between Johnny and Mark, which worked, in part, because of the Wiseau and Sistero's real-life friendship. Their on-screen chemistry — if you care to call it that — is now being revisited in a new two-volume film, Best F(r)iends, directed by Justin MacGregor.
When Nice Legs heard about the onscreen reunion, they sensed an opportunity.
"Basically, we saw that a new Tommy and Greg film was in production," band member Mark Lentz tells NPR Music. "Then we dug around until we found the email of the production company." From there, he lobbed an email into the abyss. For six months, nothing but radio silence. Then: "They responded out of the blue asking to work with us," he says. "We took it as a good sign they opened the email with, 'Oh hai, Mark!'"