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Princess -- Darling Nikki
September 21, 2012 9:51 PM   Subscribe

Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum, AKA Princess, perform Darling Nikki with The Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. (apologies if this is blocked outside the US)
posted by hippybear (35 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

 
I get it in Canada, and it's glorious.
posted by no regrets, coyote at 10:37 PM on September 21, 2012


WARNING: Link leads to full screen HD video. Expect nothing less. Fallon gets it.
posted by TangerineGurl at 10:37 PM on September 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Whoa, I don't know who either of the singers are and it's still weird for me to see The Roots as a backup band, but that was actually pretty excellent.
posted by rollbiz at 10:40 PM on September 21, 2012


The live rendition of the backwards ending bit really made me happy. Also Maya's commitment to really hitting the guttural and falsetto beats at full intensity.
posted by Babblesort at 10:41 PM on September 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


Maya Rudolph was a member of Saturday Night Live's cast. She's also the daughter of Minnie Ripperton, which means I will PUNCH THE HELL OUT OF ANYONE WHO SAYS ANYTHING OTHER THAN THAT SHE IS A SAINT.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 10:49 PM on September 21, 2012 [16 favorites]


I never watch Jimmy Fallon because I can't stand him so I hadn't seen this.
So awesome.
I laughed out loud at the backwards part.
Maya Rudolph is just so fucking great, always.
posted by chococat at 10:49 PM on September 21, 2012


I saw this on the episode, as someone who rarely watches any non-Daily Show late night, and thought it was going to be a joke, and really was pleasantly surprised (like "hey, dude, come see this awesomeness")

But I'm an unapologetic Maya Rudolph fan boy. Loving her is easy because she's beautiful ...do do do do do spoon...
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:52 PM on September 21, 2012 [5 favorites]


Damn android auto-finish
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:53 PM on September 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wow. They even did the ending -- singing backwards:
""Hello, how are you? I'm fine 'cause I know that the Lord is coming soon. Coming, coming soon."
posted by TangerineGurl at 10:54 PM on September 21, 2012


Loving her is easy because she's beautiful ...do do do do do spoon...

Spoooooooon! /thetick
posted by hippybear at 11:19 PM on September 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


Maya Rudolph was a member of Saturday Night Live's cast. She's also the daughter of Minnie Ripperton The Rentals, which means I will PUNCH THE HELL OUT OF ANYONE WHO SAYS ANYTHING OTHER THAN THAT SHE IS A SAINT.
posted by saul wright at 11:37 PM on September 21, 2012 [7 favorites]


I prefer hearing a more feminine voice sing this, so I'm sticking with Prince.
posted by markkraft at 2:19 AM on September 22, 2012


Nice song, so-so rendition. I give it a six.
posted by MartinWisse at 3:49 AM on September 22, 2012


Now there's a song I never expected to see performed on broadcast TV. Love Maya Rudolph!
posted by IndigoRain at 4:13 AM on September 22, 2012


Video Forbidden
this video is private
posted by Malor at 4:29 AM on September 22, 2012


Oops, it was because I wasn't allowing scripting on viddler. Nevermind!
posted by Malor at 4:30 AM on September 22, 2012


This is the all-time greatest Prince cover song. Maya Rudolph is a goddam powerhouse.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 4:39 AM on September 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


The best part, Prince hates it when people cover his songs.
posted by Mick at 6:10 AM on September 22, 2012 [5 favorites]


Kind of a boring performance, tbh. Maya Rudolph has charisma, but she isn't showing it there.
posted by empath at 6:39 AM on September 22, 2012


I LOVES this.
posted by sc114 at 6:53 AM on September 22, 2012


We need more fierce women covering Prince's sly, sexy, sleazy songs.

Darling Nikki ruined my tweenhood. I was all excited to go see Prince in concert, I think at age 12, and my mom wasn't so sure if that was a good idea. She'd heard concerts were places for older kids and maybe Prince was a little adult for me? She didn't know. So she asked me to play her a song. So I played her Darling Nikki. That was the end of any hope of going to the concert and my life was ruined for at least six weeks.

To this day I still don't know if "masturbating with a magazine" implies mechanical action or reading.
posted by Nelson at 7:35 AM on September 22, 2012 [7 favorites]


NO NO NO NO NO. link straight to a swf file?
posted by azarbayejani at 7:52 AM on September 22, 2012


Nelson: my parents took me to see the purple rain tour in 1985 when I was ten. It was amazing. Well, what I saw of it when my mom wasn't covering my eyes.
posted by empath at 8:05 AM on September 22, 2012


Oops, it was because I wasn't allowing scripting on viddler. Nevermind!

How does one do this? Assume the person who wants to allow scripting has no idea what "allowing scripting" even means.
posted by 23skidoo at 8:46 AM on September 22, 2012


Princess is apparently "a thing". There's more than a few videos of them performing available online. Here's a video of them (yes, again with The Roots) with horrible sound doing Purple Rain.

The longer I'm alive, the more convinced I am that literally anything is possible musically if you have The Roots backing you up.
posted by hippybear at 9:39 AM on September 22, 2012 [4 favorites]


This put a huge smile on my face. Maya Rudolph is great. I used to listen to Darling Nikki before I went out on the weekend to psych myself up for raunchy dancefloor grindage.
posted by peacrow at 11:11 AM on September 22, 2012


Are their outfits supposed to make them look like the French and Saunders on AbFab or is that a coincidence?
posted by Alnedra at 1:18 PM on September 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


I don't know about the trench coat that Maya is wearing, but Gretchen is dressed like either Wendy or Lisa from The Revolution, can't remember which one.
posted by hippybear at 1:20 PM on September 22, 2012


The trenchcoat is the same one Prince is wearing on the "Dirty Mind" album cover .
posted by Siberian Mist at 2:06 PM on September 22, 2012


Did anyone do the other PR songs? I'd love to hear, say, Ryan Adams tackle "Beautiful People."
posted by MrChowWow at 5:14 PM on September 22, 2012


Wow that link to Prince in a trenchcoat and black bikini underwear...somehow I missed that album cover as a pre-teen in Canada.
posted by bquarters at 6:33 PM on September 22, 2012


We need more fierce women covering Prince's sly, sexy, sleazy songs.
Robyn covering Jack U Off: album ragtime version,
live almost punk version.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 11:14 PM on September 22, 2012


The trenchcoat is the same one Prince is wearing on the "Dirty Mind" album cover.

The album cover of Lovesexy also shown at that link got a teacher at my (nominally Christian) high school in a bit of bother, as he had a poster of it in his classrooms and some parents (mildly) objected; so it got covered up with a figleaf...
posted by MartinWisse at 4:09 AM on September 23, 2012


Ok. now please don't come over and stomp on me but there is something about Ms Rudolph's expressiveness that signals to me that this is a satire. (I'm glad I read the comments first)
posted by sammyo at 4:53 AM on September 23, 2012


I get what you're saying but I think "satire" implies something that isn't there. I think the look is from "extreme tribute!"
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:52 PM on September 23, 2012


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