Bathroom Wall

The Bathroom Wall

4.7 14
by Jimmy Fallon
     
 
Saturday Night Live cast member and MTV Video Awards host Jimmy Fallon jumps out of the gate -- well, the bathroom, anyway -- with his debut comedy album. Like Steve Martin and Adam Sandler before him, Fallon aims to bust a gut with a winning combination of verbal hijinks and musical savvy, which he nails on his first single and video, "Idiot Boyfriend." He

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Saturday Night Live cast member and MTV Video Awards host Jimmy Fallon jumps out of the gate -- well, the bathroom, anyway -- with his debut comedy album. Like Steve Martin and Adam Sandler before him, Fallon aims to bust a gut with a winning combination of verbal hijinks and musical savvy, which he nails on his first single and video, "Idiot Boyfriend." He truly makes the role his own, tipping his musical hat -- and hairstyles -- to Leo Sayer, Michael Jackson, and Bobby Brown. The rest of the disc is split between songs that reveal an unsurprising affinity for the Beastie Boys ("(I Can't Play) Basketball"), the Ramones ("Road Rage"), and the Rolling Stones' country side ("Drinking in the Woods"), and live comedy skits. The collegiate audience roars at his bits on "Roommates" and "Dorms, Shower Baskets & the Walk of Shame," though the best is his recollection that "Chris Rock Was My RA," an amazing send-up of his SNL predecessor. But funnyman Fallon really comes alive when he works his trio of trump cards -- his impersonations, his feel for pop music, and his ever-present muse, the troll doll -- all into one bit. On the superb "Troll Doll Jingles," Fallon eerily captures the diction and tone of Bono, Dave Matthews, Alanis Morrissette, and others on their hit tunes as they audition to be a troll doll spokesperson. The companion track, "Troll Doll Celebrities," is nearly as funny, as Fallon conjures the voices of Robin Williams, Adam Sandler, and Cliff from Cheers to try out for the role. Fallon winds down the set on a hilarious, '80s-reverent note with "Hammertime," on which he energetically aims to prove that nearly any song -- say, "Der Kommisar" or "Come On Eileen" -- can be sung to the tune of MC Hammer's funky, Rick James-sampling hit. Tsss! Can't touch this!

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
When Jimmy Fallon released his album of comedic songs and stand-up routines in late summer 2002, it was perfect timing. His "It Boy" status had no sign of stopping either; he had graced the covers of Interview, SPIN, and Paper. He served as host for both the 2001 MTV Movie Awards and the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards. His SNL co-starring spot next to Tina Fey on "Weekend Update" showcased Fallon's role as the ideal celebrity: both charming and dorky. Yeah, he wasn't exactly in the league of Adam Sandler, but he was well underway in making a club of his own. The Bathroom Wall is basically Fallon's own mix tape of high school fights, bad athletic performances, and collegiate experimentation combined with a dose of rock & roll mayhem. First single, "Idiot Boyfriend," struts with soul, nerdy appeal; Fallon's Mick Jagger falsetto is loose and sweet. "(I Can't Play) Basketball" slices and dices funk and hip-hop, Beastie Boys-style, but it's the pop-punk snarl of "Road Rage" that finds Fallon in his finest musical moment. It's very Brit-pop, like Blur, with crashing guitars and quick-stepped percussion. Fallon's tale of being "that" driver on the road is hilarious, and vocally, he's not that bad. Realistically, it's known that Sandler can't sing a lick, so Fallon has him beat by just a bit. His stand-up routines are equally amusing. His impersonations of John Travolta, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, and Cheers' Cliff Claven are uncanny on "Troll Doll Celebrities." "Troll Doll Jingles" finds Fallon mimicking U2's "Desire," Counting Crows' "Mr. Jones," and Dave Matthews Band's "So Much to Say," but the spoof of Coldplay's "Yellow" is absolutely right on. Other highlights on The Bathroom Wall are "Chris Rock Was My R.A." and Fallon's homage to '80s music on "Hammertime." Those who remember teen angst and the awkwardness of becoming an adult will find humor in The Bathroom Wall. Fallon taps into what all made you laugh and smile during those weird days.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2002
Label:
Dreamworks
UPC:
0600445033023
catalogNumber:
450330

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Fallon   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Justin Stanley   Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Peter Iselin   Keyboards
Gerard Bradford   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mark Ronson   Synthesizer,Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Nadia Dajani   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Nancie Stern   Sample Clearance
Kyledidthis   Art Direction
Jimmy Fallon   Liner Notes
Soundhustlers   Producer
Ben Arons   Engineer
Soundhustlers   Producer

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The Bathroom Wall 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw him in concert and everything on the cd is from his live show. I was laughing through the entire thing. If you like his performance at all from SNL then I recommend you listen to The Bathroom Wall. On SNL you see his characters, this is his humor and it's dead on. I think he is this generations comic genius!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Idiot Boyfriend was funny with a FUNKY beat :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
jimmy fallon has great songs that are hilarious!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Following the footsteps of Adam Sandler Jimmy Fallon presents: ''The Bathroom Wall'' The funniest, most original c-d to come out in years. It has a variety of songs that are countryish, popish, discoish, and punkish. A must have for any Fallon, SNL or Comedy fan! He is the next big superstar
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this Cd the day it came out. After listening to the standup, i found the humor to be dry. But, i did like his imperssionations.Anyways, in the end, i want my $18 back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up a copy of his CD yesterday, it is so funny! Especially his stand-up performances. My personal favourite is Hammertime, proving he can sing any 80s song over "Can't Touch This", and Troll Doll Celebrities! His impressions of people like Robin Williams and Gilbert Gottfried are right on!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Jimmy Fallon's CD "The Bathroom Wall". If your a fan of stand up and songs that make you laugh 'till you hurt, this is a CD for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jimmy Fallon is HILLARIOUS!!! I love him and his work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Jimmy's since he started on SNL. What a versatile talent! The cuts from his album that I have heard are really funny and entertaining! He's just adorable; the son I never had! FYI Jimmy! I have an eligible daughter!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed his cd. I hope to hear more from him. He had me laughing non stop from beginning to end of cd. I love him on SNL and the cd just added more pleasure from this truely talented man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent cd in which Fallon shows his talent and amazing ability to sound exactly like the person he is trying to. His songs are original and very very funny. You will NOT waste your money on this cd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
awesome cd, i love you jimmy fallon
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every song is well-written and HILARIOUS! His stand-up made my cry it was so funny. If you are ever sad, listen to this CD to brighten your mood. If you are ever happy, listen to this CD to brighten your mood even more! Mr. Fallon definitely lived up to his rep.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely hilarious and witty, "The Bathromm Wall" is a must buy! Everything from his songs to his stand up is a complete riot and will have you wondering how you survived without this cd. Go out and get it now!