The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon managed to assemble a decidedly un-fancy ensemble Monday night to sing Iggy Azalea’s inescapable New Classic hit “Fancy,” drafting Woodstock heroes Crosby, Stills, Nash and “Young” to make a claim on who’s the “realest.” Although Fallon’s Neil Young impression and huffy harmonica playing would have been funny enough on its own, the fact that the real CSN came out, with Graham Nash regally lifting his chin in a particularly fancy way, to sing the chorus and the occasional verse call-out like, “Let’s get drunk on the minibar,” made it a winner. The clincher is the way the group revamped the original’s “do that, do that, I-G-G-Y” closer to rep their own crew.
Elsewhere in the show, Crosby, Stills and Nash proved why they were worthy of their own name-checking chant. The trio performed two of their own songs later in the program to support their forthcoming live box set CSNY 1974 and their current tour. First up, the group played a slide-guitar-imbued take on “Teach Your Children,” which led Fallon to creep over to the stage and exclaim, “Oh, my goodness!” And later the threesome performed a delicate version of “So Begins the Task.”
Nash recently told Rolling Stone that one hurdle they had to overcome while making the box set was one CSNY member’s Pono-ready pristine audio ambitions. “Neil Young, God bless his cotton socks, has always wanted the audio to get as close to the recording experience as possible,” Nash said. “He wanted us to do it in 24/192, and that’s what we did. Of course, that happened one-third of the way into the project, so we had to redo an awful lot of stuff. But it sounds totally amazing. There’s 40 songs and they’ll show people that we were a very, very decent rock band.” Recently, Rolling Stone premiered its CSNY 1974 recording of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart.”