Watch Elvis Costello And The Roots Cover Springsteen On Fallon

By Tom Breihan / March 2, 2012

We’re deep into Bruce Springsteen Week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, a five-night celebration of all things Boss that started with Springsteen himself rolling through to play a couple of new songs. In the past two nights, John Legend and Kenny Chensey have both appeared and covered Springsteen songs.

Last night another titan came through the show to salute Springsteen: Elvis Costello, who teamed up with the Roots to cover two Springsteen songs that aren’t among the man’s best-known works, twisting them into interesting new shapes. First, Costello and the Roots did the Tunnel Of Love single “Brilliant Disguise,” turning it into a loose-limbed, breakbeat-driven funk vamp. Then, they did the live favorite “Fire,” reworking it as a ska tune and swiping the horn riff from the English Beat’s version of “Tears Of A Clown.” Watch Costello take them on below.

Well now, that was pretty great.