Directed by Zoe Donahoe and Adam Sputh. From Quitters, due April 1 on Anti-.
Does this song sample Wilco’s “Born Alone” or just interpolate it? Either way, it’s a good use of a great riff.
I really like Christian Lee Hutson. He’s about 20 years younger than me but he reminds me of people I knew growing up. He just seems like somebody I would’ve hung out with. His lyrics are sad and funny and nostalgic and a little hopeful. And his melodic sensibilities and delivery reveal an appreciation of Elliott Smith, which gets me every time. I’ve been a fan since the first time I heard “Northsiders” with its references to Morrissey apologists and pretentious college kids.
Anti- is calling “Rubberneckers” the lead single from the upcoming album Quitters, so does that mean “Strawberry Lemonade” — released in November — was a standalone single? Doubtful. But whatever. Who knows what “lead single” means anyway. It can mean whatever you want it to mean, I guess, or it can mean nothing at all. Who cares, the song is good and the video is silly.
Hutson says, “The last time I danced was at the 8th grade social and it was mainly just swaying to ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing’ but I wanted to showcase what a natural, gifted dancer I am.” Absolutely!
If you tell a lie for long enough
Then it becomes the truth.
I am gonna be okay someday
With or without you.
There’s nothing truer than the lies we tell ourselves.
Video: Wilco – “Born Alone”
Directed by Mark Greenberg. From The Whole Love (dBpm, 2011).