Every time Jimmy Fallon brings a left-field cover to Late Night (which happens plenty), we’re impressed. This time, though…wow. It’s Bon Iver performing Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” which he releases as the b-side to his “Calgary” single next month.
Bob Marley died 30 years ago today. Given how thoroughly Marley’s laid-back rhythms permeate music today, it’s hard to believe it’s been that long. The reggae sound seems to creep into everything these days, from popular hip-hop to blog-friendly beach-pop to the soul revival.
We’ve seen Friday reimagined as a dark narrative about loneliness. We’ve seen it parodied in songs like Thursday. We’ve even seen it played by an orchestra. Leave it to Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon to pay homage by doing the craziest thing of all: adding more fun.
The back story is slightly complicated, but the important thing is that Fallon’s fans were able to raise $26,000 for charity, forcing Colbert to come on the show and sing the maligned Rebecca Black “song.” Colbert starts by crooning alone, on a pitch black stage, his voice choked with emotion. This is the performance one might expect – as it seems completely unexpected. Of course Colbert would come on the show and totally make fun of the song by turning it into a broken-hearted, country-tinged love song.
After Jimmy Fallon’s Neil Young impression earned him a duet with Bruce Sprinsgteen, it seemed there was nowhere else for him to go with it. Instead of rehashing the Young, then, Fallon debuted a new impression for his latest novelty cover: Bob Dylan. Filmed in the grainy black-and-white style of Dylan doc Don’t Look Back, the clip shows Fallon can keep a straight face on an impression far better than he ever did on Saturday Night Live.
Not too long ago, late night star Jimmy Fallon covered Bruce Springsteen. Now he's back with one better: covering…with Bruce Springsteen. Yes, as Fallon reprises his Harvest-era Neil Young impersonation, the Boss himself (the real one) comes aboard to cover, of all things, Willow Smith's “Whip My Hair.” Willow, the 10-year old daughter of actor, rapper, and Fresh Prince Will Smith, is topping the charts with her latest single, which inspired a folk rendition last night from these grown men.
Springsteen was on the show promoting The Promise: The Darkness On the Edge of Town Story and had some fun providing back up vocals for Jimmy while sporting his 1978 look courtesy of a messy wig and taped-on beard. Jimmy Fallon's Neil Young impersonation is spot on, further proving he can sing whatever he wants and we'll love it. Still, covering a 10-year old girl is a lot cooler when you have Bruce Springsteen accompanying you.