Sting joined Jimmy Fallon and The Roots for a "Classroom Instruments” rendition of The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”
They didn’t stay so close to each other, they all shoot separate videos at their own homes using home “instruments”, and the effect is brilliant as always. The video was recorded as part of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon “At Home” edition.
Sting, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots version of “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” personnel and their “Classroom Instruments” or as we should call them “self-isolation instruments”:
Sting - guitar, of course and some household objects as percussion
Jimmy Fallon – vocal and a jar of water
Black Thought – used his hair pick,
Captain Kirk Douglas - on the ukulele, also not far from his traditional guitar
Questlove - kept the beat with a pair of scissors and forks,
Stro Elliot - played a pot lid with wooden spoons,
Dave Guy - trumpeter moved from horn section to rhythm section banging a pair of sneakers together,
Ian Hendrickson-Smith – sax player did the same move from horns to rhythm section thumping a pillow
Kamal Gray – key player, joined them with the best percussion instrument - a Connect 4 game!
Mark Kelley - on bass
James Poysner - on the melodica, not that far from his usual keyboard
Tuba Gooding, Jr. – on nothing else but the tuba.
The Roots are the masters of creativity and innovation, and this time again they show us their craft bringing joy and good positive energy.
Watch Sting, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots singing “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” below:
“Don’t Stand So Close To Me” was the lead single off The Police’s third studio album “Zenyattà Mondatta” from 1980. The song scored the band a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, and hit No.1 on the UK pop charts. The song went on to be the best-selling single of 1980 in the UK, while in the US, "Don’t Stand So Close To Me" peaked at No.10 on the Billboard Hot 100.