A record label attempting to promote a new posthumous Jimi Hendrix collection faces obvious problems, since they can’t book him on late-night shows or whatever. (Not that posthumous Hendrix collections ever have much trouble selling.) But someone in some marketing department had the bright idea, by way of shilling the new Hendrix collection People, Hell And Angels, to book Janelle Monáe and the Roots to cover Hendrix’s classic “Little Wing” on last night’s episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Monáe is an absolutely magical performer, so any excuse to get her on TV is a good excuse, and this may be the first time I’ve seen her rock anything other than the tux/pompadour combo. Watch it below.
People, Hell And Angels is out now on Sony Legacy.