So many songs came to mind after my blog post Glory Days was published a few weeks ago that I just had to do a part 2. The only group missing is the parody band Tone Deaf from SUNY Oswego. These guys made anything an instrument and the goal was to be bad on purpose. They deserve a whole post all their own. In the meantime, enjoy some of these classics!! And share some of your favorites!!
Play That Funky Music White Boy by Wild Cherry
One day Jenny’s roommate came home all excited about the new song she found out about while shopping downtown. None of us had the heart to tell her it had come out almost 10 years before. Maybe we should have. That may have kept her from torturing us with it over…and over…and over…and over again. 30 years later, whenever Mobius Jones plays this song, I see her face.
If you are looking to be the ultimate manager, you need Jimmy Fallon in your back pocket. Looking to reboot a TV series? Recreate a very special moment from the original show in a skit on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Promoting a new album? Show off your mad skills with the Wheel of Musical Impressions. Want to cement your place in pop culture history? Dance your heart out (again) with a flash mob style performance of your iconic movie dance sequence. Want to hook the cool kids? Try out a new app with Jimmy on the show. Jump start your career by getting a shot on Jimmy’s show. Here are some of my favorite spots (so far) from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Footloose entrance with Kevin Bacon
Here is Kevin Bacon’s Tonight Show entrance, dancing to two of the most popular songs from his 1984 movie Footloose: Never performed by Moving Pictures and Footloose performed by Kenny Loggins. The movie was released long before anyone ever even thought of playing ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’.
Full House reunion on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, and John Stamos all came to wish Jimmy luck on his move to the Tonight Show in this skit recreating a scene from a very special episode of Full House back in the 80’s. Love the hair and catch phrases…and the Teddy Bear Song!! And there always was a lesson, wasn’t there? I am looking forward to 2016’s Fuller House.
Jesse and the Rippers
Six months earlier, on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, was the reunion of one of the best fictional bands I have ever seen, Jesse and the Rippers with frontman Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos). The band performed the biggest hits of their career: Forever (cover from The Beach Boys), Little Sister (cover from Elvis Presley, jesse’s idol), Hippy Hippy Shake (the Beatles perfomed this is 1963), and Everywhere You Look (the theme song from Full House). Thoroughly enjoyable.
This was a clever skit transporting everyone back to Saturday morning TV and the lives of the kids at Bayside High. When Zack called a time out, it brought me right back! It really was amazing that all these years later, they looked very much like the characters they played 25 years ago. The inside jokes are super fun, too (I especially liked the one about Elizabeth Berkley being a stripper).
Lip Sync with Emma Stone
IMHO the best performance of any of the lip syncs I have seen on the Tonight Show. Jimmy starts out strong with Fancy by Iggy Azelea, but then Emma kills it, with Blues Traveler’s Hook. It was amazing!! Mr. Roboto by Styx was Jimmy’s second selection and it was well done, but then Emma closed with DJ Khaled’s All I Do Is Win and boy, did she ever!! Epic.
Daniel Radcliffe performs Blackakicious’ Alphabet Aerobics
I had never heard Alphabet Aerobics. I doubt that anyone can do it as well as Harry Potter did here. Flawless.
Wheel of Musical Impressions with Christina Aguilera
I have seen some fun Wheel of Musical Impressions, but I do love Christina, so that’s the clip I am sharing. Her impressions of Cher and Britney were dead on. Jimmy did just as impressive a job as David Bowie and then Michael McDonald. Also fun to check out is Ariana Grande’s ;ip sync clip (find it on youtube) where she impersonates Britney and then Christina!
Dubsmash with Selena Gomez
I had never heard of Dubsmash before I searched it for this post, and does it look fun!! I will have to try it out and post it. Here is Jimmy and Selena with scenes from movies and commercials, then one of Selena’s own songs, Same Old Love.
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Neil Young sing Fancy
And finally, I do love Jimmy Fallon musical impressions. Neil Young, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and a cast of thousands (so it seems). e has a knack for pairing songs with unlikely performers. My favorite is Jimmy doing Neil Young singing Iggy Azelea’s Fancy, where he is joined by Crosby, Stills, and Nash. So many years later and those guys are still in harmony!!
Two weeks in a row I sacrificed my sleep to watch award shows. Last weekend, SNL40. This weekend, the Oscars. I needed to know what went down so the next day I could be one of the cool kids. I already gave you my take on SNL40 (see post Miley Cyrus, Seriously?) last weekend and then was ready this weekend to catch some Oscar buzz.
One of the things I was wondering about was how the songs were selected. You know, the ones that played presenters on and offstage. With over 80 years of film music to choose from, I thought it was interesting that they seemed to pinpoint obscure love songs from movie soundtracks from the 70’s and 80’s. Almost every song had personal memories for me. But no one can top Carly Simon at the Oscars.
There were two Carly Simon songs, Nobody Does It Better from The Spy Who Loved Me, and Let The River Run from Working Girl. I didn’t care so much about the Bond song (Pierce Brosnan is the only Bond I really like) but it was cool that it was played. Working Girl is another movie on my guilty pleasure list. Poor girl with a heart of gold makes good AND gets the guy. It doesn’t get better than that in Hollywood. Let The River Run is one of the most musically rich songs I know! For me it is full of hope and longing and perseverance. I crank it up and dance every time I hear it.