These days Michael McDonald has been very Wu-Tang in his indie scene appropriation, working with Holy Ghost!, covering Grizzly Bear, owning fantastic facial hair, etc. But last night Jimmy Fallon made it easy for the honey-piped icon to get a little latter-day internet attention while still staying lodged in his wheelhouse with Late Night’s Yacht Rock celebration. The show featured musical guest of honor Christopher Cross, Michael McD, and copious references to the mythology around that scene of softsational stars propagated by this internet show. (Hopefully you’ve watched all of them by now.) Of course it’s mythology because neither Michael, Christopher, Kenny Loggins, or any other of the characters lovingly imitated on Yacht Rock actually owned a yacht, but that’s besides the point. The point is, instead, let’s get all the Roots and Fallon’s studio audience to wear ridiculous looking captain’s hats while Christopher Cross and Michael McDonald sing the classic “Ride Like The Wind”:

And here’s a web-exclusive of “Sailing”:

Comments (9)
  1. TNshines  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2009 0

    Michael McDonald’s little captain salute right before he sits down at the keyboard was badass… Dude has swagger

    Also, Black Thought must have beef with Christopher Cross

  2. steelydwill  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2009 0

    Wow Fallon, you pull off a couple more things like this and you can win me over. Hats were silly but I can easily stand it. Now let’s get Kenny and Steely Dan and Skunk Baxter involved.

  3. Kurt C  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2009 0

    You may not think Steely Dan is Yacht Rock, but the makers of the show Yacht Rock, who coined the phrase Yacht Rock would beg to differ. Steely Dan are among the main characters in Yacht Rock.

  4. Woody  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2009 0

    Sweet Jesus that’s smooth

  5. man i love chris cross.

  6. Muggins  |   Posted on Oct 7th, 2009 0

    My God, people. Is this what indie has come to? So desperate to find new influences that they look to the soft-rock piddlespots of the late ’70′s? Yeah, they can sing, but they use their powers to bore us to death.

    • gd  |   Posted on Oct 10th, 2009 0

      Dude you need some skoolin’ in SMOOTH… Watch Yacht Rocks on youtube FIRST, then you can comment about boring! OI!

  7. Fallon had a ROUGH first couple weeks… didnt think he was gong to cut it. I loved me some CornBalls OBrien. But now i do the unthinkable. I dont watch conan at all. Jimmy is the best host i have ever seen. keep it rolling JF

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