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November 1, 2008 3:11 PM   Subscribe

Wilco perform "The Wilco Song" on The Colbert Report... and Tweedy even manages to work Colbert's name into the lyrics. Apparently, the band are tight with a certain candidate.
posted by chuckdarwin (35 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
For Canadians who can't play the stream from Comedy Central, you can watch it here on thecomedynetwork.ca.
posted by isopraxis at 3:25 PM on November 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


It's like if Nintendo put Loni Anderson in Super Mario Brothers 3.

For this alone, it was worth it.
posted by jimmythefish at 3:39 PM on November 1, 2008


Not only are they the most friend friendly, hard working band around, they are also the best at what they do and display a sense of humor and satire in their songs that matches the great Steely Dan. Outstanding
posted by holdkris99 at 3:41 PM on November 1, 2008


Sometimes I worry that Jeff Tweedy takes himself too seriously but stuff like this makes me realize that he does have a sense of humor after all.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 3:49 PM on November 1, 2008


Huh? What's "The Wilco Song"?
posted by smackfu at 3:50 PM on November 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


They support Obama?

That's funny, I would have taken them for McCain supporters.
posted by jayder at 3:51 PM on November 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


Huh? What's "The Wilco Song"?

If you had clicked on the "The Wilco Son" link, you would have seen the following:

"But until then, I'm happy to settle with this awesome new song Wilco exclusively world premiered on last night's Colbert Report. "
posted by Solon and Thanks at 3:53 PM on November 1, 2008


That's funny, I would have taken them for McCain supporters

Why ever would you think that? Most musicians are liberals of one sort or another. I can only think of a handful of 'conservative rockers'.

They're from Chicago. They've been supporting Obama since he announced.
posted by chuckdarwin at 4:02 PM on November 1, 2008


Oh, so it's just interesting for fans of Wilco. I see.
posted by smackfu at 4:03 PM on November 1, 2008


Why ever would you think that? Most musicians are liberals of one sort or another. I can only think of a handful of 'conservative rockers'.

That's funny, I thought sarcasm was an easily recognizable form of humor.
posted by mudpuppie at 4:04 PM on November 1, 2008 [3 favorites]


That's funny because you're being sarcastic since sarcasm is not easily recognizable.
posted by smackfu at 4:10 PM on November 1, 2008


That's funny, I thought sarcasm was an easily recognizable form of humor.

Maybe the [/sarcasm] tag would have done the trick.
posted by chuckdarwin at 4:14 PM on November 1, 2008


That's funny, I thought sarcasm was an easily recognizable form of humor.

Why on earth would you think that? The thing that makes sarcasm easily recognizable is tone of voice. Sarcasm + internet = disaster.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 4:33 PM on November 1, 2008


Oh god, far too many "Why would you think that?"s

I didn't mean to contribute.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 4:34 PM on November 1, 2008


Cynics of the world rejoice: Introducing the sarcastic punctuation mark. ~
posted by chuckdarwin at 4:46 PM on November 1, 2008


That's funny, I would have taken them for McCain supporters

I suppose their two volumes of Woody Guthrie covers would have made it easy enough for anyone to mistake Wilco as being right of centre.
posted by KokuRyu at 5:06 PM on November 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


Great idea chuckdarwin~!
posted by xorry at 5:45 PM on November 1, 2008


xorry, I noticed that some people have actually begun to use it! I had no idea what they were on about until just now.
posted by chuckdarwin at 5:51 PM on November 1, 2008


Cynics of the world rejoice: Introducing the sarcastic punctuation mark.

What a good idea. ~
posted by mazola at 6:00 PM on November 1, 2008


I am using the sarcasm mark in this comment. ~
posted by smackfu at 6:54 PM on November 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


This will end well. ~
posted by fixedgear at 7:02 PM on November 1, 2008


I liked the song, I liked the Colbert reference, I wished there could be six minutes of guitar feedback to simulate what my brain is going to feel like should McCain win.
posted by Joey Michaels at 8:01 PM on November 1, 2008


Joey M - Wilco's new record comes out in '09, given Tweedy & Co's past flirtations with the avant garde and their decidedly (liberal) political bent, I think a McCain victory would most certainly be commented upon on their new record.
posted by fingers_of_fire at 8:40 PM on November 1, 2008


By the way, the joke of the song is that it's called "Wilco The Song", right? Did any one else catch that? A nod to "Joe the Plumber", right?

(sorry, sometimes I have a humor bypass)
posted by fingers_of_fire at 8:41 PM on November 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


I think I've seen the "~!" used to mean extra enthusiasm among the young anime-fan crowd. As in, "Yeah, let's do it~! n_n"
posted by Solon and Thanks at 8:47 PM on November 1, 2008


Why on earth would you think that? The thing that makes sarcasm easily recognizable is tone of voice. Sarcasm + internet = disasterinternet.

I have taken upon myself the liberty of replacing an innacurate wording in your comment with one somewhat closer to the truth, and I sincerely hope my humble effort is taken in the spirit of cheap lousy hapery in which it was intended.
posted by arto at 10:00 PM on November 1, 2008


I saw the clip when it aired. I still don't know what a Wilco is.
posted by Eideteker at 10:33 PM on November 1, 2008


Come for the links, leave before you read any idiot comments ....
posted by kenlayne at 11:11 PM on November 1, 2008


It's like if Nintendo put Loni Anderson in Super Mario Brothers 3.

They did. It was called Super Mario Bros. 2
posted by kid ichorous at 1:43 AM on November 2, 2008


I really like Son Volt.

That's all.
posted by Roman Graves at 2:57 AM on November 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


I think I've seen the "~!" used to mean extra enthusiasm among the young anime-fan crowd. As in, "Yeah, let's do it~! n_n"

This -- specifically, the tilde-bang -- sees a fair amount of use among pro wrestling online fandom. Figure Four Online even uses it as their favicon.

The explanation I've heard is that is denotes extra excitement (EXCITEMENT~!) (albeit occasionally sarcastic excitement) and it got started because some particular writer got SO EXCITED when writing that he would accidentally hit the tilde key at the same time as the exclamation mark.

MORE TILDES MEANS MORE EXCITEMENT~~~~!!!

And so yeah.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 3:08 AM on November 2, 2008


They're from Chicago too, huh. So what you're saying is this election is purely a matter of geography?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:14 AM on November 2, 2008


Wilco is the name of the grocery store in my hometown, in NW Indiana.
posted by garlic at 11:15 AM on November 2, 2008


Why must he have so many musical guests lately? I typically give the song about 10-15 seconds to grab me then delete the episode off my tivo. I don't think this one made a full 10 seconds before I gave up on it.

I wish he would just stick to interviews.
posted by marble at 12:43 PM on November 2, 2008


I liked Tilde Bang's first album but then they got kind of cloying. And I hear they're McCain supporters too.
posted by danb at 3:14 PM on November 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


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