Late-Night TV Music (B-Minus Edition) | Oct. 5, 2020

Jaded Hearts Club put a spell on you. Billie, Bon Jovi & A$AP Ferg? Not so much.

Billie, Bond, basketball, Bon Jovi and Brit-rock — no points for guessing which letter is bringing you today’s instalment of Late-Night TV Music.

But since I’m also bringing it to you, I’m presenting them in my order of preference. Which means that I’m starting with The Jaded Hearts Club — the new cover-band supergroup featuring members of Muse, Blur, Jet, Last Shadow Puppets and Zutons — and their searing rendition of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic I Put a Spell On You on The Late Late Show With James Corden. Sure, a couple of them could do a better job of fake-playing, but hey, it’s still a winner. Wish I could say the same for the rest of Monday’s lineup, which was surely topped by Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas delivering their new Bond theme No Time To Die on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. On the plus side, the black-and-white video looks great — too bad the performance seems tentative and the song itself is almost instantly forgettable. Even so, I’ll take it over Bon Jovi’s well-intentioned but tritely uninspiring anthem Do What You Can, delivered with his socially distanced band for The Tonight Show With Stephen Colbert. And finally, to close out the night, there’s A$AP Ferg, celebrating the one and only Dennis Rodman (for some unearthly reason) with the help of Tyga on Jimmy Kimmel Live. All in all, I’d give the night a B-minus.