For years, Black Simon & Garfunkel–a.k.a. Questlove and “Captain” Kirk Douglas from The Roots–have been Jimmy Fallon’s go-to acoustic duo when his fans have asked to hear contemporary songs performed in the style of Simon & Garfunkel, and they’ve always done their job faithfully, slaying renditions of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop”, and a bunch of others.
The duo appeared on The Tonight Show again yesterday to cover The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face”, and they turned in their most authentic performance ever when they were joined by the actual Art Garfunkel. Black Simon & Garfunkel looked surprised to be joined by Garfunkel, but they incorporated him into their duo seamlessly, with Garfunkel’s distinct falsetto hitting octaves that Douglas or Questlove just can’t reach.
At this point, though, why not get a full-blown Simon & Garfunkel reunion going? Paul Simon has been on Saturday Night Live more times than almost any guest in the show’s history, and has a good relationship with SNL creator and The Tonight Show producer Lorne Michaels, not to mention that he and Fallon performed together once upon a time.
Oh yeah, there’s a very good reason for that: Garfunkel really doesn’t care for Simon at all. In 2014, he accused his former band mate of having a “Napoleon complex” and said that he “created a monster” out of Simon.
So yeah, it looks like Black Simon & Garfunkel is as close as we’re going to get to the real thing for some time, if not for the rest of time. And we’re happy to have it.
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