Meghan Trainor, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots Perform All About that Bass
Posted on September 6, 2014
Meghan Trainor, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots performed Meghan's hit single "All About That Bass" using only classroom instruments. It's always interesting to see which singers are game to sing this way, with no lip synching, autotune or edits. Meghan sounds exactly like she does in her videos, so that answers that question. Yes, she can sing.The catchy tune promotes positive body image and girls with curve, but notes that even those that are thin but think they are fat are perfect from head to toe. But not everyone is on board with her message, Slate had a meltdown over what has raised a ruckus over the lyrics which they call anti-feminist for the focus on a girl's attractiveness as a measure of her self-worth. But the author, L.V. Anderson, is most riled over the lyrics for Meghan's even catchier tune called "Title."
The song is all about a girl wanting the title of "girlfriend" not "friend" and if she doesn't get that title and some recognition in public she is out of there. She threatens to withhold her affections if he doesn't move her into girlfriend category, which Anderson says is a terrible example for girls. It's hard to argue with that. We think Meghan's record company is overjoyed that they have a controversy on their hands that doesn't involve the artist a) getting arrested; b) doing drugs; or c) making racially offensive comments. It generates lots of press, certainly.
But back to the classroom instruments version of the song. The Roots are just hilarious in the video. What in the world is Questlove playing? The instrument is listed as "hand clappers" but they look more like two dish sponges. Mark Kelley really adds something with the kazoo. Look how much they -- and Jimmy, of course -- love it when they get to sing about booty. Take a look: