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Kevin Bacon pulls off a fine Clash impersonation on Jimmy Fallon

In Jimmy Fallon’s “First Drafts Of Rock” series on The Tonight Show, he goes back and re-interprets rock classic songs by various artists, usually with Kevin Bacon. The movie star/member of the band The Bacon Brothers is game for breaking down songs from a variety of genres, from The Beach Boys’ “Fun, Fun, Fun” to The Kinks’ “Lola.”

In the latest iteration, Fallon and Bacon take on the Clash classic “Should I Stay Or Should I Go,” adding lyrics like “I got no problem either way / Would you prefer for me to stay” and “If you want to have me stay / Then I will not go away / But if you just want me to go / Then just say, ‘Hey you should go.’” The pair end up wanting to ask the ’80s-era-appropriate Rubik’s Cube what they should do, but “a Rubik’s Cube can’t answer questions.”

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Now that they’re pointing it out, that song is hella repetitive, as well as maddeningly simplistic. That doesn’t make the Fallon/Bacon version of it any less enjoyable, especially with some impressive guitar work from both of them. But c’mon: It’s Bacon’s Mick Jones haircut and cockney accent that really sells the song.

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