Jimmy Fallon and the Roots added to their collection of celebrities performing their hit songs to kids instruments with Robin Thicke doing his song "Blurred Lines"
Who knew that glockenspiels, maracas, slide whistles, and a basic beat could sound so good? Jimmy Fallon, who might have the best job in the world, did a rendition of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” with Fallon’s backup band The Roots (sorry, let me clarify—the Roots are an awesome group on their own, but they have a standing gig as Jimmy Fallon’s studio band).
There’s even a place for Roots rapper Black Thought (Tariq Trotter) who takes the place of T.I. on the mid song rap. The pure innocent fun video stands in contrast to the original video with Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell, that shows those three drinking and smoking among sexy, scantily clad women.
The Blurred Lines cover is just the latest in the Fallon and the Roots with kids instruments series. Before Robin Thicke, there was Mariah Carey singing “All I Want for Christmas is You,” Christina Aguilera singing “Your Body” (they used office supplies for instruments), then back to the classroom instruments for “Call Me Maybe” with Carly Rae Jepsen.
Almost as a lite version of appearing on Saturday Night Live as both the band and the guest, doing your hit song with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots using kids instruments has become a mark of being famous but not taking yourself too seriously. And if you do take yourself too seriously, there are ways of dealing with that too.