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Fallon's Neil Young impression: Hopefully the final word on 'Pants on the Ground'

January 15, 2010 |  9:23 am


There's more than one positive with the Conan/Leno drama coming to an end: the threat of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" being pushed past 1 a.m. won't come to pass.

The talk show, which boasts the Roots as a house band, has featured some of the more adventurous music bookings in television. There's been challenging picks (a reunion of little-known '90s alt-rockers Jawbox) and hip choices (members of experimental New Yorkers the Dirty Projectors have made more than one appearance), as well as some well-chosen dips into Nashville (country scorcher Miranda Lambert appeared early in her promotion cycle for "Revolution").

Tonight, Fallon's show will host the Hot Rats, a cover band from Supergrass members Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey. The only gripe is that the musical clips aren't readily available online. But even when "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" isn't hosting artists, the show has a musical bent, be it from choice bits from the Roots, or Fallon's own musical parodies.

Last night's take on "Pants on the Ground," featuring Fallon's spot-on Neil Young impression, hopefully closes the book on our nation's brief love affair with the novelty song, playing it for laughs by turning it into a more woeful tale. Our friends at Idol Tracker have additional coverage on the seemingly good-humored General Larry Platt, a media-bait booking on this week's "American Idol," and Fallon's take as Young is below. 

--Todd Martens

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