Fiona Apple dropped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night to talk with Fallon and to perform “Anything We Want” from her new album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, which is out today. Afterwards, she paid tribute to Paul McCartney, who turned 70 yesterday, with a riled-up cover of the Wings’ “Let Me Roll It.”
The appearance marked her first television appearance in six years, and was also a surprisingly not-awkward reunion with Fallon, who had opened the night of her infamous Roseland Ballroom breakdown. “That’s part of the reason I thought it would be cool to do this show,” she tells him. “I’d finally have something to talk about.” Fallon tells her that, “I was worried about you, pal.” To which she tells him, ”I was worried about me, pal, too.”
Before performing “Anything We Want,” probably as romantic a song as we’ve heard from her, Apple explained that, “There’s somebody that thinks the song I’m about to sing is about them.” Then, holding up a billiard ball, she corrects: “If you didn’t give me this, I am not thinking about you.”
And with that, Idler Wheel… made it’s late night debut. Behind her, The Roots made for a worthy backing band, filling in for multi-instrumentalist Charlie Drayton who worked with Apple on the album. As gripping as ever, Apple seemed to be having more fun with the song than when she first debuted it at SXSW. It seemed that, after years and years away, on the eve of her return, and perhaps with the gifter of that billard ball in mind, she was ready to be happy with what she had to show.
Check out the full interview and her web-exclusive performance of “Let Me Roll” below: