So if you were up sorta late-ish last night, and hopefully you were, and saw Justice perform live on Jimmy Kimmel Live, you caught one of the most amazingly OMG-inducing events on TV since Janet's nip slip. After the always-funny Sarah Silverman (who's Jimmy's long-time girlfriend) and the always-horrifying pumpkin-headed Wayne Newton, the men behind Justice --Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Augé -- kicked off their live performance of "D.A.N.C.E." by standing offstage and tweaking the knobs on an old-school 1980s double-decker boombox.
The cameras panned over to the stage where -- hand to God -- a freaking dream team of the following celebrity impersonators performed a lipsynched, "unplugged" version of the song: Talking Book-era Stevie Wonder on drums; a resurrected Rick James (in overly revealing tight pants) on bass; the artist currently known as Prince on electric guitar (natch), Rod Stewart -- inexplicably -- on keys; and an avec-nose Michael Jackson, circa the Dangerous album, spin-kicking his way through the lead vocals.
Who cares that all of the "musicians" were off by half a phrase, at least? It doesn't matter that fake Prince looked more like real Rick James. Nevermind that it felt like a human version of those Animatronic shows you see at Showbiz Pizza. The whole concept was so simple and completely low-tech, but it was one of the most delightfully cheeky performances we've seen in ages and just additional proof that these guys are groundbreaking in just about everything they do. It's also probably the closest we'll get to seeing a not-scary Michael Jackson, to whom the song is basically a tribute, perform "live."
If you haven't seen it yet, (or even if you have, watch it again!) you can watch the live Justice performance here. Or you can just wait for it to bombard your inbox and instant messages later (we got one just seconds ago as we were writing this very post) later today.
And check out the T-shirt spree in their VMA-nominated video, "D.A.N.C.E."