In an era when comedy and late-night shows increasingly tackle political issues, Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show continually stick primarily with whimsy. Fallon recently took some heat for his alleged normalizing of Trump when, during the presidential campaign, Fallon tousled the now-president’s hair rather than asking any serious questions.
But all of that is really sort of missing the point. Nobody says comedy has to be politically charged or reflective of the times. Sometimes it can just be whatever. That’s what makes Fallon’s segment with Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham so endearing. As they rip through a rousing rendition of the classic song “Don’t Stop,” accompanied by The Roots and a couple of kids from the SeriousFun Children’s Network (Paul Newman’s network of camps for kids with serious illnesses and their families), it’s difficult not to smile a little. The kid rocking that kazoo on the righthand side of the screen is a definite highlight.
When every day brings with it a brand-new scandal or international tragedy, sometimes it can be helpful to sit back and just sing:
If you wake up and don’t want to smile / If it takes just a little while / Open your eyes and look at the day / You’ll see things in a different way / Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow / Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here / It’ll be, better than before.
Watch the full clip above, and a 1975 Fleetwood performance from the Paste Cloud below. Also, find our top 10 Buckingham/McVie songs here, and read our review of their new album here.