Television

Jimmy Fallon is Sad and Irrelevant

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How do you get away with butchering a Bruce Springsteen impression in order to try to make yourself part of the discussion about politics and current events?

I guess you have to be Jimmy Fallon:

"You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not lie to the FBI."

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon channeled Bruce Springsteen on Monday night to address the recent guilty plea by Michael Flynn to lying under oath to the FBI special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian investigation. 

Sporting mirrored shades, a red bandana, and no sleeves, Fallon sang a festive, politically-charged version of Springtsteen's "Santa Clause is Comin' to Town" entitled "Robert Mueller's Comin' to Town."

"It's all cold down along D.C., wind's whipping round the White House," Fallon sang in his best Springsteen growl. "You guys all been good this year? Jared, you been good? Everybody in the Trump Administration been good, or what? That's not many, not many - you guys are in trouble out here..."

He then launched into the chorus: "You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not lie to the FBI. Robert Mueller's comin to town."

That's some Andy Borowitz level of satire and hilarity right there.

Over a year ago, Jimmy made the decision not to offend "Trump voters" and look how that turned out. He went from being on top to being the guy who got left behind.


The Jesus and Mary Chain Appeared on Stephen Colbert

This is pretty impressive. For the Jesus and Mary Chain to appear on a major television show, you would have to assume that there's a pretty good public relations push behind the band. This is something that is getting harder and harder to find nowadays because music labels aren't really pushing guitar rock.

I'm going to track down video of this when it becomes available. In the old days, the Reid brothers would show up drunk, trash the place, turn in a diffident performance, and slink away with their rock and roll integrity in place. They were banned from the BBC for years. They plowed their way through shows in fifteen minutes, cursed everyone, and walked off. But they did come to realize that even that was not quite the way to do things. They changed and evolved. That's why I like this new record so much--there's the snarling attitude and there's that essential guitar sound, but it's in a better place.

Now, they show up and do the real rock and roll thing--play like they're on fire and give people what they want. There's a little bit of both in rock and roll--not giving a shit sometimes is exciting to watch, but a solid performance doesn't hurt, either.

Times, they have a-changed.