Sunday, March 20, 2011

On The Roots on Late Night

I caught an episode of Jimmy Fallon last night. Howard Stern was the guest. I don't find him (Fallon) as annoying as I once did. Maybe because he's a Hip Hop fan and had the foresight to get The Roots to be the show's band - I'm assuming it was his idea.

What's really cool to see is how The Roots band is so respected and so sought after, that most musical guests that go on the show have The Roots play the music. This isn't something you normally see from late night bands. But, everyone uses them and it makes the musical guest appearances much more interesting. For example, there is absolutely no way I would bother to watch Bell Biv Devoe perform "Poison" on the show had it not been for the fact that that drum beat was going to be played by the band. That was the performance's redeeming quality. And that Oboe? Dope.

On this recent episode, Howard Stern went over to the stage to play the one song he knows on the piano, "Louie, Louie", and Leon Russell was happy to have them back him up as well. I think they are aware of it, but in case others aren't, The Roots, and the show as a whole, are doing right by Hip Hip by bringing it to a wider audience, and showcasing their musical talent across genres. It's something to be proud of.

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