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Jimmy Fallon and Stevie Nicks take us back to 1981, Tom Petty wig and all

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Sometimes you have to wonder what exactly goes on in the Tonight Show writers room. Here's my guess, with plenty of dramatic license taken:

Writer 1: Hey, Fallon. Stevie Nicks is coming on the show tonight. What should we have her sing?Jimmy Fallon: "Landslide?"Writer 2: Nah. Overdone. How about "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"?Fallon: Oh, great idea. Is Tom Petty busy? No, wait, I've got that Tom Petty wig somewhere...Writer 1: And we can put Vaseline on the lens and get old microphones...Writer 2: ...and re-create the original 1981 video? That's dumb.Fallon: You're fired. Hey, let's have Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic introduce Stevie and me....

In any case, Fallon and Nicks stepped in a time machine of sorts, and here's the pretty impressive results, from Wednesday night's show:

For comparison, here's the original video. Not bad, right? --Peter Weber