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The Roots Release EP of Music From 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'

by Meg Prossnitz, posted Dec 21st 2009 2:45PM
The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy FallonYou could call 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' the first fully interactive late-night television program. Since its inception in the form of webisodes asking viewers to pick out the show's logo, the show has practically broken the fourth wall with the number of behind-the-scenes peeks it offers.

House band The Roots is largely to thank for that. During the changing of the guard -- er, host -- Max Weinberg advised drummer/bandleader Questlove (Ahmir Thompson) that his band had worked with five songs during its first two weeks of the show with Conan O'Brien. Now, nine months into its new day job, The Roots has recorded 1,000 of its bite-size "sandwiches" (so called because they're played before and after segments on the show). To celebrate, the band has released an EP of the tunes, which are often influenced by the guests themselves.The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy FallonYou could call 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' the first fully interactive late-night television program. Since its inception in the form of webisodes asking viewers to pick out the show's logo, the show has practically broken the fourth wall with the number of behind-the-scenes peeks it offers.

House band The Roots is largely to thank for that. During the changing of the guard -- er, host -- Max Weinberg advised drummer/bandleader Questlove (Ahmir Thompson) that his band had worked with five songs during its first two weeks of the show with Conan O'Brien. Now, nine months into its new day job, The Roots has recorded 1,000 of its bite-size "sandwiches" (so called because they're played before and after segments on the show). To celebrate, the band has released an EP of the tunes, which are often influenced by the guests themselves.

The Roots has a talent for turning heads with its choice of walk-on music that often elicits acknowledgment from guests. Being plugged into social media offers a new platform of interaction among viewer, band and show -- Questlove tweeted that he and bandmate "Captain" Kirk Douglas argued over what type of walk-on music to play for Sarah Jessica Parker, with the former jockeying for a "Mr. Big" type song, and Quest telling viewers to stay tuned to see why his choice was better. That night, The Roots caught SJP's attention with its rendition of the theme song from 'Square Pegs.' The 'Sex and the City' star turned around for a gander at the band several times while walking on, and praised its interpretation of the show that made her famous. "You made it sound better than it ever sounded! You brought some sex to it. They brought a whole new vicious spin!"

If you're unfamiliar with The Roots but you're a TV/movie fan, you're also in luck. The EP contains a Roots rendition of 'Werewolf Bar Mitzvah' from '30 Rock,' Tracy Jordan's "novelty party song," and a 'Caveman' theme for Dennis Quaid.

Though you can download the EP for free, we suggest payment in the form of devoted viewing to ensure that The Roots can remain the most legendary crew in late night for years to come.

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