Weezer, Jimmy Fallon, and the Roots take on ‘Take On Me’ with classroom instruments
Fresh off a barbershop quartet rendition of their song “Buddy Holly,” Weezer are already returning to The Tonight Show to put a new spin on another tune. But now, frontman Rivers Cuomo looks less like Buddy Holly and a lot more like Morten Harket.
In an exclusive preview of the latest “Classroom Instruments” segment (a classic Jimmy Fallon bit), the Tonight Show host and the Roots join Weezer (Cuomo, guitarist Brian Bell, bassist Scott Shriner, and drummer Patrick Wilson) for a performance of A-Ha’s iconic hit “Take On Me.” Cuomo handles lead vocals, meaning he gets to take on the song’s notorious high note. (You know, the one you always try to hit when you’re alone in your car and this song comes on the radio…)
Befitting the material, everyone’s decked out in painfully ’80s regalia. The segment also spoofs the famous music video for the song, flitting between live action and the sketchy, hand-drawn look of the music video. It’s enough to take you back to 1984… or it would be, if it weren’t for the instrumentation.
Weezer’s new eponymous album, also known as The Black Album, drops March 1. Check out the classroom instruments video above.
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