The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” has become an unofficial anthem of the coronavirus pandemic, although the song is about a “young teacher” trying to keep away from a student “half his age,” a rather different “social distancing” than what everyone is practicing today.
Still, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots hooked up with Sting for a socially distant version of the song. As Fallon and the Roots occasionally do, they play the song on a combination of legit instruments and other stuff that they make noises with. So for you fans who like to read the liner notes, here’s who played what:
Sting – Vocals, guitar
Jimmy Fallon – Vocals, Jar
Questlove – Scissors, Forks
Black Thought – Hair Pick
James Poysner – Melodica
“Captain” Kirk Douglas- Ukulele
Mark Kelley – Bass
Tuba Gooding Jr. – Tuba
Stro Elliot – Pot Lid, Wooden Spoons
Kamal Gray – Connect 4
Ian Hendrickson-Smith – Throw Pillow
Dave Guy – Sneakers
Watch the performance below.