Fav Five Jimmy Fallon Musical Performances

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon

Well, it is official.  Jimmy Fallon will be heading to The Tonight Show in 2014 (likely for at least two or three months before Jay Leno decides he wants his job back and Fallon has to find work elsewhere).  I haven’t actually watched any episodes of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, but I have watched a number of clips on YouTube from his show, and he’s got some great musical comedy bits.  So in celebration of his new gig, here is a list of my five favorite musical performances from Jimmy Fallon.  And for those of you interested, Seth Myers will be replacing Fallon once Fallon moves to the Tonight Show.  I cannot wait for the Jimmy wars to begin!  Fallon vs. Kimmel.

 

5.  “SexyBack” by The Ragtime Gals

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

This one got a lot of hits on YouTube, and it’s a great piece of both comedy and music.  The costumes are great, the timing is great, the composition of the alternate version is great, and the fact that the original artist is participating only makes it that much better.

 

4.  “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, performed by Jimmy Fallon as Neil Young

The Fresh Prince

The Fresh Prince

This song is great for so many reasons.  Traditionally hip-hop music has sampled from other genres and created new songs from that, but in this instance it is the folk-rock artist who is appropriating from hip-hop, taking the lyrics and creating a melody for it.  It reminds me very much of the Dynamite Hack’s cover of “Boyz In The Hood”.  Coupled with that, Fallon’s impersonation of young is spot on.  He knows exactly when to go flat and when to hit the notes.  Any Neil Young fan has to greatly appreciated it.

 

And for those of you who aren’t familiar with the Dynamite Hack cover of “Boyz In The Hood”, here you go:

 

3.  “Gummie Bears”, performed by Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys is a talented vocalist and pianist and is drop dead gorgeous, but she also has great comedic timing.  After she sung the first two words it was clear to me what she was singing, but he audience didn’t seem to catch on until the chorus, as that is when their applause finally came in.  Though Fallon has some great guests on the show, it is clear that his in studio audience isn’t nearly as hip as his online audience!   Keys lends her gorgeous vocals to this song and delivers a melancholic tone that serves as a brilliant juxtaposition with the lyrics and for once, after all his many narratives detailing how musicians wish t play their favorite theme song on air, Fallon got one that actually did perform one.  No, this is not Jimmy Fallon doing an Alicia Keys impersonation.  It is Alicia Keys.

 

2.  “Reading Rainbow”, by Jimmy Fallon as Jim Morrison with “The Doors”

The Doors

The Doors

What isn’t to love about this one?  Fallon’s impression is spot on.  It’s like Morrison is in the room.  The set is mint and puts you right in the 60’s frame of mind, the wardrobe matches perfectly while the lyrical content of the “Reading Rainbow” theme song somehow fits in perfectly with The Doors image, which I would have never thought.  Imaging that you can fly twice as high as a butterfly in the sky takes on a whole new, drug-induced meaning when the reincarnation of Jim Morrison is singing it.

 

1.  “Friday”, performed by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and Taylor Hicks

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert

The production on this is amazing, and the fact that they put it together so soon after the song went viral is extremely impressive.  Colbert’s timing is spot on, and the over-the-top set only made it all the more funny.  The laugh-out-loud moment is likely the cardboard car coming out.  Priceless!  My apologies, but I was not able to get a YouTube link to this one, but here is a link from DailyMotion.com:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xhxsg1_stephen-colbert-and-jimmy-fallon-friday_fun#.UZD7ZspdDqI

Honourable mention:

 

Though this is a bit formulaic, it is still funny.  Bob Dylan doing “Charles In Charge” comes across as a regurgitation of Neil Young doing “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, but the Dylan impersonation makes it worth it.

 

Of course everybody love the “History of Rap” which Fallon does with Justin Timberlake. It certainly does have an undeniable appeal.

 

And then there is The Chickeneers covering “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers.

 

And then there was Fallon’s colaberation with Pearl Jam Front man Eddie Vedder:

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Jason John Horn is a writer and critic who recently completed his Master's in English Literature at the University of Windsor. He has composed a play, a novella and a number of short stories and satirical essays.

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