*Jimmy Fallon’s house band The Roots had their own special welcome for last night’s guest, GOP presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann.
As she took the stage at Fallon’s “Late Night,” the band played part of a 1985 Fishbone song called “Lyin’ Ass B**ch.” The song begins with a distinctive “la la la la la la la la la” refrain — the only words audible before Bachmann, smiling and waving to the audience, sat down.
The song itself, about a relationship gone wrong, isn’t political. Among its cleanest lyrics: “She always says she needs you, but you know she really don’t care.”
Roots’ bandleader Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson said later Tuesday that the song was a “tongue-in-cheek and spur of the moment decision.
“The show was not aware of it and I feel bad if her feelings were hurt,” Thompson said. “That was not my intention.”
Bachmann’s campaign had no immediate comment.
Fallon joked on Twitter that ?uest was grounded. The show itself didn’t have any comment.
The Roots frequently make sly, often obscure, song choices as Fallon’s guests are introduced.
When Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs came out, they played part of Genesis’ “Illegal Alien,” a reference to Dobbs’ frequent commentaries on the topic. Current TV host Keith Olbermann, formerly of MSNBC, heard part of Klymaxx’s “I Miss You.” Kathie Lee Gifford was saluted with UB40′s “Red Red Wine,” a reference to the drink she often shares on-air with “Today” co-host Hoda Kotb.
*The Roots’ long-delayed album “How I Got Over” finally has a release date.
According to a Twitter post from drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the Def Jam album will come out on June 8 – months after its original due dates of June 2009, then Fall 2009, then early 2010.
The set was continually pushed back because the Roots kept recording new material in the midst of their stint as the house band on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” according to Billboard. The track list for the album has yet to be announced.
Meanwhile, the Roots yesterday began recording a new album with Booker T. Jones of Booker T and the MGs. The project will be the follow-up to Jones’ Grammy-winning 2009 Anti- album “Potato Hole” and is expected to feature a handful of special guest vocalists.
As previously reported, tickets are on sale today for the third Roots Picnic, to be held June 5 at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier. The Roots will perform alongside Vampire Weekend, Clipse and a special, as-yet-unannounced reunion from a legendary hip-hop group – likely Run D.M.C.
*Erykah Badu will kick off a run of TV appearances tonight (03-03-10) on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” with a performance of “Window Seat,” the lead single from her forthcoming album “New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh,” due March 30 from Universal Motown.
[Listen to "Window Seat" below.]
The singer is also booked for “The Wendy Williams Show” (March 25), “Good Day New York” (March 26), “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (March 30), “The Wanda Sykes Show” (April 3), “Chelsea Lately” (April 5), and “The Mo’Nique Show” (TBA).
“Window Seat” was co-produced by Badu and features James Poyser on keys and Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson from The Roots on drums.
Speaking of The Roots, which moonlights as Fallon’s house band, the group’s third-annual Roots Picnic featuring headliner Vampire Weekend is set for June 5 at Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing pier.