NBC will now check all songs that the Roots perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Billboard reported. This comes after the band performed a version of the Fishbone track “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” during Michele Bachmann’s Nov. 22 appearance on the show.
“It’s still a comedy show, so they promise not to step on my toes or that type of thing, but they definitely want to know the title of the song, the subject matter of the song, can it be seen as an insult?” Roots drummer ?uestlove said in an interview.
The appearance resulted in a couple of apologies, both from Doug Vaughan, who is NBC’s vice president for late night programming, and Fallon himself.
“It was kind of wrong for me to throw (NBC) under the bus without telling them what it was, so I understand from a business standpoint,” ?uestlove said.
What’s more, Fishbone has a documentary coming out on DVD on Feb. 7 titled Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone. Billboard speculates that the controversy behind the event has helped raise the film’s visibility. As of now, “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” is the band’s most popular song on Spotify. The Roots aren’t doing too bad themselves; the band released the excellent Undun last week, which you can read about here.