As the house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, The Roots have famously — and infamously — welcomed guests to the show with pointed choices for walk-on music. But when Michele Bachman appeared on the show last night, the song they played was more than pointed — it was downright razor-sharp. Her musical welcome-mat? "Lyin' Ass B---h," by ska-punk legends Fishbone.
The Republican presidential candidate, who's been criticized for what some have called false and inflammatory comments during her campaign, appeared on the acclaimed NBC show to discuss politics and family. But apparently Bachman needs to, er, bone up on her music knowledge — she didn't seem to react when the Roots played the acerbically titled tune.
Roots drummer-front man Questlove made it clear that the song choice wasn't a mere coincidence in a pair of tweets. "Aight, Late Night walk-on song devotees: You love it when we snark. This next one takes the cake," he wrote before the show aired. "Ask around 'cause I ain't tweeting title." (Smart move, Questo!)
He later tweeted the iTunes link to Fishbone's eponymous 1985 debut EP, which contains "Lyin' Ass B---h," writing, "Take a guess. Buy the record anyway. It's classic and should be in your vocabulary."
The incident is sure to cause a kerfuffle when the right-wing media catches wind of it. "Questlove is grounded," Fallon tweeted earlier today — in what we assume was a joke.
Of course, this isn't the first time the Roots have subliminally dissed a Late Night guest. When Ashlee Simpson, who was famously busted for lip-syncing on Saturday Night Live, appeared on the show, they played "Girl You Know It's True," from fellow fakers Milli Vanilli. "What made this classic was the fact we did the VH1 Behind the Music version of the song in which Vanilli explained that the broken loop kept going 'Girl, you know it's ... girl, you know it's ...' when they got busted for lip-synching in concert — and that is how we did it verbatim," ?uestlove told Rolling Stone.
When reality-show wash-ups Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt guested, the Philly band rocked out to Beck's "Loser." "They were none the wiser," ?uest said.
When it was her turn to catch The Roots' musical wrath, Bachmann wasn't either — who knew she wasn't up on Fishbone?
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