James Corden and Jim Parsons Re-create ‘Dust in the Wind’ Video in Epic Fashion

Jim Parsons stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden to help Corden re-create the video for the Kansas classic Dust in the Wind, that feel-good song about how nothing lasts and everybody dies. It’s a fitting video for such a dire song. The original consists of the singer standing and singing while the violinist plays. The other band members sit to either side of the two standing. Corden and Parsons made a spot-on re-creation but took constantly changing liberties with the style at the time.

Corden, as the lead singer, was wearing a pink frilly shirt with, at first, a black vest over it. As the video progressed, so did the frills. At one point, it looked like Corden was wearing a dress made of pink frills, and by the end, he was literally covered head to toe.

Parsons was the violinist with big hair and a big mustache. The hair grew bigger until he was finally completely ensconced in big hair. At the very end, both Corden and Parsons were gone, leaving only a pile of pink frills and a lot of dark hair lying on the ground.

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Jim Parsons, James Corden's Deadpan 'Dust In the Wind' Spoof

James Corden and The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons were overcome by emotion, frilly costumes and massive hair recreating the dramatic music video for Kansas' "Dust In the Wind" on The Late Late Show Wednesday.

The hilarious homage to the Bruce Gowers-directed clip found Corden portraying singer Steve Walsh and Parsons as violinist Robby Steinhardt. The pair stood tall in a smoky room harmonizing the classic rock staple alongside two other performers dutifully serving as Kansas guitarists Rich Williams and Kerry Livgren.

What started as a seemingly straight-forward recreation turned bizarre as the frills on Corden's pink shirt began to spread over the rest of his outfit while Parsons' already shaggy mane expanded. By the end of the song, Corden was crooning in a flowing pink, frilly gown that even covered his face as Parsons was gracefully swinging his bow across his violin, looking like Uncle It from the Addams Family.

James Corden and Jim Parsons nail it with this ‘Dust in the Wind’ video

This right here? This is “Dust in the Wind” like you’ve never seen — or heard — before.

“The Late Late Show” host James Corden teamed up with “The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons to recreate the video for Kansas’ iconic hit.

Nailed it.

The hair.

The mist.

The hair.

Homage? We’ll take it like that.

That’s Corden in ruffled shirt on lead vocals, and that’s Parsons in the violin solo engulfed by ’70s-rock-band hair.

We’ve included the original here so you can compare the two.


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