by Miles Raymer
That's why the Roots' gig as the house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon is so perfect, because it pushes them to stretch even further, and you can tell by the looks on their faces that they relish the challenge. Part of the reason people have responded to the group's prominent role on the show is that the Roots are technically adept enough to play "Pumped Up Kicks" in the style of Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie or whatever, but more crucially I think it's because the fun the band is having is so infectious.
Anyhow last night the Roots and Jimmy Fallon and Carly Rae Jepsen did a rendition of Jepsen's unstoppable pop juggernaut "Call Me Maybe" with a bunch of kindergarten-music-time instruments, because obviously that's a fun thing to do so why wouldn't you? Clip after the jump.