One of Jimmy Fallon’s signature “Tonight Show” bits has been inviting famous musicians to sit in with him and the Roots to perform cover version of classic songs — using instruments found in an elementary school music class.
On Thursday night’s show, Fallon welcomed alt-rockers Weezer, who joined the host in donning some distinctly ’80s outfits to tackle one of that decade’s biggest hits: “Take On Me” by Norwegian pop band A-ha.
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo handles lead vocals, and does an impressive job nailing the song’s ultra-high note in the chorus.
Best of all, the performance copies the song’s iconic video by utilizing hand-drawn sketches of the musicians throughout.
This marks the second consecutive “Tonight Show” to feature an off-kilter performance from Weezer, who turned up on Wednesday night’s show to perform a barbershop quartet-style rendition of their hit “Buddy Holly”.
For a look at how the new Weezer-Fallon version of “Take On Me” stacks up against the original, check out the video for the 1985 hit — which, by the way, has been viewed on YouTube a staggering 844 million times!