Watch Long-Lost Postal Service Audition Footage

Tom Breihan | March 5, 2013 - 11:44 am

The Postal Service has never exactly been a wellspring of comedy, but they did have the good sense to recruit Tom Scharpling, who is extremely good at this sort of thing, to make them a pretty amazing video. Scharpling’s video purports to be the lost 2002 footage that led Ben Gibbard to join Jimmy Tamborello’s project, but only after a whole bunch of other people auditioned for the spot. The video includes appearances from people like Aimee Mann, Marc Maron, Helmet frontman Page Hamilton, Duff McKagan, Moby, Jon Wurster, Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge, DC Pierson, and “Weird Al” Yankovic, who pretty much beasts out by playing “We Will Become Silhouettes” on accordion. Jon Daly plays a weaselly Sub Pop exec. Watch it below.

The 10th-anniversary deluxe reissue of the Postal Service’s Give Up is out 4/9 on Sub Pop.