Fallon also wrote songs during lockdown and he also released a surprise concert film about it.

By Nick Romano
December 02, 2020 at 09:07 AM EST
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Taylor Swift wasn't the only one writing music during the months of lockdown, but unlike Folklore, Jimmy Fallon's Fallonlore probably won't ascend to hit-making status.

The Tonight Show became the destination for Fallonlore: the 30 rock sessions, a spoof on Swift's Disney+ concert film she surprise released last week. Like the "Last Great American Dynasty" singer joined producers Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner at Long Pond Studio in upstate New York to talk through and perform her album's tracks, Fallon joined Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter at 30 Rockfeller Plaza to discuss their songs.

And just as Bon Iver's Justin Vernon was Swift's special guest, Coldplay's Chris Martin was Fallon's.

"When lockdown first started, I heard that Taylor was writing songs and I felt inspired, too. So maybe I should write some music," Fallon said. "I remember I called you, Tariq, and I asked if you would help me and you said..."

"Only if you pay me a lot of money," Trotter joked.

Fallonlore isn't as nuanced as Folklore. The songs are mostly made up of titles like "Peed My Pants at an Applebee's," "Song About Milk," "Sourdough Heart," and a folk-song take on "Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear." The spoof makes up for lack of substance with Trotter doing his best Antonoff impression on the guitar.

Watch the spoof above.

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