At the beginning of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” last night, viewers got treated to a very cool G-rated version of Robin Thicke’s #1 Billboard smash summer hit, Blurred Lines, performed by Jimmy Fallon, Robin Thicke, and Fallon’s house band, The Roots.
It was one of the most talked-about topics around water coolers, and on the Internet, today.
One of the reasons why — other than it sounded great, and showcased Fallon’s creative song parodying skills — is that the musical instruments used by Fallon and The Roots were the type that can be found in elementary school music rooms.
Because of this, and a few alterations to the controversial lyrics, some people in the media world say things like the song has been given a “kiddie spin.” I, for one, don’t know about that, but I do know that the version they performed was awesome! You can see it for yourselves below, and please make sure that you Like the page, while you’re at it.
What were the musical instruments that Fallon and The Roots played on the G-rated version of Blurred Lines?
The kiddie types of musical instruments that Fallon and The Roots played on their version of Blurred Lines while Robin Thicke soulfully sang included a colorful xylophone, maracas, guitar, cowbell and metal spoons. Jimmy’s house band also provided background vocals while Thicke brought the soul.
Every time I hear Blurred Lines I’m reminded of the music of Prince, because Thicke gets his voice up into the falsetto range kind of like Prince. However, according to Thicke, Blurred Lines is actually inspired by the music of Marvin Gaye. Pharrell produced the video.
The lyrics of the original Blurred Lines aren’t sexist, Thicke says
Critics of Thicke’s song, Blurred Lines, claim that it’s sexist and objectifies and degrades women. Thicke firmly denies any such notion.
In a Today Show appearance, Robin defended his lyrics by saying that the song is really about his wife and how she’s hot, adventuresome in bed, and aggressive sexually. Also, rather than the lyrics degrading women, Thicke claims if the lyrics are looked at closely, people will see that the message of the song has been “misconstrued.”
According to Robin Thicke:
I think that’s what great art does, it’s supposed to stir conversation, it’s supposed to make us talk about what’s important, and what the relationship between men and women are.
“If you listen to the lyrics, they say ‘that man is not your maker, Thicke added. “It’s actually a feminist movement in itself.”
All I can say about it is it’s a great party song, and it’s received so much airplay despite its lyrics that it has attained the coveted #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 List.
Whether you love Blurred Lines or hate it, you owe it to yourselves to check out the video belwo of Jimmy Fallon and Robin Thicke performing the song using Elementary school musical instruments. It will put a smile upon your face!
Written by: Douglas Cobb