Frank Ocean on Jimmy Fallon 2012

Last night, around the same time many of us were frantically downloading Channel Orange, Frank Ocean showed up on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to sing “Bad Religion,” the song that had journalists speculating about his sexuality before he came out and spoke openly about it last week. It takes balls to perform a song that’s been at the center of so much news, especially one that just about nobody has heard. But “Bad Religion” is just a ridiculously deep and gorgeous song, and Ocean onstage was so profoundly assured that it added up to a goosebumps-on-goosebumps moment. The Roots and a full string section backed Ocean up and helped him create one of the finest, most heart-stopping televised music moments that we’re likely to see anytime soon. Seriously, stop whatever you’re doing and watch it below.

Channel Orange is out now on Def Jam.

Comments (28)
  1. I stopped listening to Frank Ocean so I could listen to Frank Ocean. I do not regret it. Now back to Frank Ocean.

  2. This guy gets it.

  3. i was streaming the new killers’ song when i stopped to watch this. it’s a pretty good demonstration of kitsch versus art… not that one can’t enjoy a little kitsch every now and then.

  4. Too bad the NBC video cuts out the part where Frank is just standing on stage smiling from ear to ear like a kid on Christmas.

  5. I think the biggest question now is who had the better Fallon performance: Fiona Apple or Frank Ocean?

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  7. I think that most people like him for a plethora of reasons. I am most impressed with the stories he tells. There’s always some sort of thoughtfulness- introspection. I love that he sings so simply. His voice is so beautiful, but he’s not lost in how great it sounds. The only problem I have is that the songs are so short. It’s like he make a one stanza poem and sets it to a one minute track. His writing is amazing, just the same.

  8. Way more impressed than I thought I’d be because I am not really a fan of R&B. It’s nice that he’s come out too.

  9. Brought me to tears. I like that OF have supplied the two best performances on this show ever, and that they were great for completely opposite reasons. (I usually don’t group Frank with OF in my head, he’s on another level, but fuck it.)

  10. I’d like to watch this but I live in Mexico. Will someone mail it to me? In fact, will someone just mail me the internet? Thanks!

  11. frank ocean is the fucking man

  12. Who’s bankrolling the string section I wonder? Real swooning performance though. Been a while since I felt goosebumps whilst watching something on TV/laptop.

  13. Who’s bankrolling the string section I wonder? Real swooning performance though. Been a while since I felt goosebumps whilst watching something on TV.

  14. Better than I thought this would be -not a fan of parachuted-in string sections but this was just right.

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