Fiona Apple‘s excellent new album “The Idler Wheel…” came out today and to kick off its entry into the world, she stopped by “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to not only play a track from it, but to also do an interview to clarify some “bad blood” between her and Fallon.
Back in 2000 when Apple was touring her second album “When the Pawn,” she had a famous meltdown on stage at Roseland where she broke down crying and ran off mid-show. The opening act that night was a young stand-up comic and fresh faced “SNL” cast member named Jimmy Fallon. After 12 years of silence, the two finally discussed the incident in full and cleared the air which was most entertaining considering how light and bubbly Apple is about the incident now.
Fallon also made mention of having a beer with her boyfriend at the time (Paul Thomas Anderson?) during the performance in which he told him “You’re the boyfriend, go do something!” to which she responded, “No don’t let him do something.” She also said she wished she could specify what the problem was but she has to protect the “guilty, stupid people” (PT Anderson again?).
As interesting of an insight into the perplexing psyche of Fiona Apple that was, the nuttiest part of the interview was at the end where she addressed the pool ball that she had been holding in her hand. “This is going to sound…a little bitchy, I don’t care. There’s somebody who thinks that the song that I’m about to sing is about them,” she then looks for the camera to direct the person directly, “It’s not about you.” Holding up the striped 11-ball, she then specifies, “I’m going to be singing to the person who gave me this…If you did not give me this, I’m not thinking about you.”
It’s sort of reassuring to pick back up with Apple all these years later and see that she’s still as eccentric as a jittery high school girl. The song she did by the way was “Anything We Want” which she played with The Roots. She also did a bonus web-exclusive performance of “Let Me Roll It” in honor of Paul McCartney‘s 70th birthday. Do yourself a favor and check ‘em all out below.
Fiona Apple — “Anything We Want”
Fiona Apple — “Let Me Roll It”