If you’ve never heard of Jimmy Fallon then I guess you live under a rock. And if so, what are you doing under there? It isn’t safe; that rock can crush your bones!
All kidding aside the Late Night Host and former SNL star has a new CD out entitled Blow Your Pants Off. Fallon’s only other CD, The Bathroom Wall, was released in 2002 and featured stand-up, studio produced songs and a couple live musical performances. This one differs in that it is all musical material featured on NBC’s Late Night. Sometimes Fallon is the only one singing, sometimes he’s joined by another musician.
Without a doubt Fallon’s best performance comes on track 3: Tebowie, a video that went viral last winter before the Broncos v. Patriots playoff game. “This is Jesus Christ to Tim Tebow. Please leave me alone.”
Every Bob Dylan fan has their own impression of the Great American Bard so naturally I was a little giddy to know that Fallon would be singing “Charles in Charge” in faux-Dylan fashion. The song doesn’t rate as highly as “Tebowie” and doesn’t have quite the sexiness of “History of Rap” but the impression mirrors 70s Dylan and includes some hilarious and authentically Dylanesque inflections.
In case you just can’t get enough of 2011’s hit sensation “Friday” by Rebecca Black than you’re in luck! I can hear you groaning in the comments already so I’ll be quick. Fallon teams up with Stephen Colbert and American Idol’s Taylor Hicks (yes he still exists) to sing the world’s most awful song in an attempt to – I don’t know – exorcise the demons the song has provided us.
Fallon’s best impression probably comes from his Neil Young performances. That’s right, plural. Maybe only the older audiences will appreciate it but the way he mixes the whining, mourning pipes of Neil Young with “Whip my Hair Back and Forth” and “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” should provide enough amusement for the more recent generation’s taste.
The one thing that might disappoint fans is that Barack Obama’s recent appearance on the show and performance of “Slow Jam News” is not included. Perfectly understandable being that it only happened in the last month but it might have been the perfect topper for this kind of album.
Fallon offers a multitude of his best celebrity parodies and goofy personality. For the past decade his unique humor has powered him through a career filled with movies, TV, sketch shows, stand-up and now Late Night hosting. Songs including real musicians: Eddie Vedder, Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake and Springsteen. There’s only one warning for this album: make sure your wear a belt.
About the Author: Nate Rankin writes Comedy Reviews and Fiction because no one taught him any better. His fiction has been featured by Workers Writes, theNewerYork! and Used Gravitrons and is forthcoming in The Green Blotter. His work can be seen here: http://iamseamus.tumblr.com/writing You can find him on the Tweety Box @CommanderSeamus If you'd like to submit a review inquiry please send to nrankin22[at]gmail[dot]com