Late-Night TV Music (Roseanne Roseannadanna Edition) | Aug. 10, 2020

On one hand: Anderson .Paak. On the other: Luke Bryan, Maroon 5 & Surfaces.


To quote Gilda Radner (or more precisely, Roseanne Roseannadanna): It’s always something. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. That was surely true Monday on the night late-night TV-music scene. The good news: Things were busier than they’ve been for weeks, with four of the five major chat shows back on the air — and presenting new performances. The bad news: A lot of them were, well, less than stellar. Sure, you had the dependably incredible Anderson .Paak playing it cool as ever with his stylish and topical number Lockdown on The Late Late Show. The bad news: You also had the alarmingly doughy and dour Luke Bryan slinging the title cut from his new album Born Here Live Here Die Here for Late Night with Seth Meyers. And you had Maroon 5 — featuring the  curiously beaded and chrome-domed Adam Levine, who has apparently decided to turn into Rob Halford in isolation — playing a socially distanced Nobody’s Love from their various backyards for The Late Show. Lastly and perhaps least, you had Surfaces doing their best to become this millennium’s Hanson with their rendition of Sunday Best on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. To quote Radner (and Roseanne) again: What are ya tryin’ to do, make me sick?!