Tom already masterfully described the appeal of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” in today’s Album Of The Week column on Ronson’s Uptown Special, and James demonstrated that not just anybody can pump that song full of boundless charisma. As if to bring that train of thought home, Ronson, Mars, and their associates were the musical guest on Ellen today, and their performance was a blast. After Ronson showed off some of his DJ bona fides with some light scratching and hypeman work, he turned it over to Mars and his backup crew, who started out by leading the entire audience through some choreography. They eventually sauntered their way to the stage while the crowd gave up any semblance of coordination in favor of dancing like no one’s watching. But I was watching, and for the first time in my life I wished I was in attendance at a daytime talk show. See it for yourself below.
Uptown Special is out now on RCA.