Stephen Colbert Vs. The Decemberists

Last night, The Colbert Report introduced a new segment, Who?s Riding My Coattails Now? This week’s culptrits?

“Indie rock outfit The Decemberists, who have shot a performance against a green screen and asked their fans to finish the video. Green screen? Hmmmmm … where have I heard that before? Does THIS look familiar to anyone in the indie rock scene? Nation, we cannot take this lying down. So tonight, I’m announcing Stephen Colbert’s Second Green Screen Challenge: to edit me into The Decemberists’ Green Screen Challenge! Yeah, it’s go time. You can find their footage at and my clip, the original green screen footage, at Let’s see how well they perform their trademark brand of hyper-literate prog rock when I’m slicing off their legs at the knee. [Pulls out light saber.] Oh yes. They will feel the pain.”

And oh yes, we transcribed that for you. When our favorite hyperliterate prog rock band meets our second favorite late-night political comedy show, there is no waiting for YouTube!

Mr. Meloy, you’re on notice.

UPDATE: Here’s the clip…