The National’s Matt Berninger has graced The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with an incredible cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man.”
Berninger delivered an energetic cover of the 1967 classic that was complemented by his lively backing band and atmospheric lighting. He was on Fallon promoting his recent solo album Serpentine Prison—on which he had initially hoped to include another Velvets cover, of “European Son,” though that idea was scrapped prior to release.
“Often when I’m writing, I’m writing songs that I wish someone else would sing to me—be it Nina Simone or the people I love,” Berninger recently revealed to NME when reflecting on his idols. “Most of my songs are love songs to myself or that champion me. They’re cheerleading songs for my own soul.”
Watch Berninger’s cover of “I’m Waiting for the Man” here: