Reporting Annie Reuter
When Robin Thicke was recording “Blurred Lines” last year, it’s doubtful he ever envisioned playing the song with instruments you’d likely see in an elementary school classroom. But last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that’s exactly what happened.
Before the show, Fallon, Thicke, and Fallon’s house band the Roots grabbed a handful of unconventional instruments to perform his No. 1 hit “Blurred Lines.” While Fallon, Thicke and each member of the Roots alternated on vocals, what grabbed the most attention were the instruments. Fallon manned the Casio keyboard and wood block, while Thicke showcased his familiar falsetto with the help of some spoons. The instrumentation also included a wooden clacker, kazoo, xylophone, melodica, ukulele, banana shaker, maraca and, of course, a cowbell.
Clearly a PG-rated rendition of the song, Fallon covered Thicke’s mouth as he was about to sing, “You’re the hottest b**** in this place.” Watch below.
This isn’t the first time Thicke has shared the spotlight with other artists on “Blurred Lines.” In June, Thicke took the stage with Pharrell and Miley Cyrus on Jimmy Kimmel Live! for a performance of “Blurred Lines.”
Queens of the Stone Age also recently re-imagined the song on BBC Radio, something Thicke was surprised to learn. “You know when the Queens of the Stone Age covers your song, you’re cool.”
“In the studio, Pharrell and I started jamming,” Thicke told Radio.com earlier this summer. “One of the first things Pharrell did was go, ‘Hey, hey, hey!’ and then we started having such a great time. We were dancing around the studio like old men. We were doing our old men barbecue dances.”
Pharrell and Thicke found themselves dancing around the studio all night to “Blurred Lines,” but he never fathomed the reception it would receive a year later.
“We felt like maybe it was something special, but it was so different,” he admitted. “We didn’t know it would be this big.”