Tonight! Decemberists vs. Stephen Colbert Guitar Solo Challenge!

153225__colbert_lIt all started when Stephen Colbert accused egghead indie rock group the Decemberists of copying his lightsaber green screen challenge by issuing their own fan contest involving a green screen. (Well, if that’s not copyright infringement, I just don’t know what is!) Not one to sit idle while another man steals his thunder, Colbert came down like mulch (like mulch, I tell you!) and asked his viewers to superimpose his green screen onto the Decemberists’ green-screened music video. (At this point, it’s okay to be a bit confused; you can read the tangled web of twists and turns here.) Well, dem was fightin’ words because a counter-challenge from Colin Meloy and crew surfaced, daring Colbert to accept a guitar duel. Colbert wasted no time and made good on the threat.

Tune in to the The Colbert Report tonight to watch the faux newscaster go head to head (or axe to axe?) with Decemberists’ guitarist Chris Funk. Who do you think will bring it home, PopWatchers? The Decemberists may have their advantages, being actual musicians and all, but Colbert did have his days rocking out with obscure ’80s new wave band Stephen and the Colberts (pictured, above)… seriously, where can I get a copy of this stuff? Colbert kills it!

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  • mike

    Nobody works harder during a 30 minute tv show than Stephan Colbert.

  • Sarah

    Stephen, hands down will take it. Those Decemberists may “actual musicians”, but Stephen is a true American, and will stop at nothing to defend that title. He’s going to stay the course to the top.
    Eh, I think I was possessed by Stephen right there.

  • Vicky

    This is gonna be great! Like an early Christmas present…

  • The Dude Abides

    Stephen Colbert is awesome. He’ll take it home and look darn good while doing it.

  • Jess B.

    The real winners in all of this are the viewers! Regardless of who “wins” this epic battle of guitar know-how, we’ll be entertained.

  • Crystal

    Hilarious. I love how into it both parties are. Good luck to all, but I think Colbert will take it based on sheer will to win.

  • mikey

    Colbert is so going to nail the Decemberists. They’re going down! The “music-anistas” with their note-based agenda just don’t get it. Real music can’t be learned and practiced, it comes from here [points to gut].
    Remember, Nation, I called it!

  • abp

    LOL! mikey, that is one of the funniest blog comments I’ve ever read. Seriously, well done. You’ve perfectly captured the essence of Colbert!
    P.S. Colbert by a mile — he’s going to blow them away!

  • decemberists 4-eva


  • James

    Can Colbert and Stewart just please disappear into their own green screens and take their unbearable smugness with them? And this is coming from a card-carrying, tree-hugging, Bush-hating leftie Canuck

  • Jo

    James, with all due respect, if you don’t enjoy their programs, simply ignore them. No one is forcing you to watch. There are those of us who enjoy their smug humor and don’t want to be deprived of it just because you don’t.

  • heidi

    James,don’t give all us canucks a bad name, Colbert & Stewart are the best thing on TV…Mikey…you called it! well done!

  • Dave

    I thought I was high while watching all of last night’s episode. Colbert, Decemberists, Peter Frampton, NY Gov.-elect Elliott Spitzer, Morly Safer…and Henry freaking Kissinger! It made no sense, had no real point, but was absolutely hilarious. What an absurdly perfect way to end Colbert’s ’06!

  • dma69

    A TIP OF THE HAT to Colbert and company for showing the Decemberists how it’s done (and giving the band some much needed airtime, even if it’s only the guitar player). And a WAG OF THE FINGER for Canuck James for not going with the flow.

  • phil

    Stephen Colbert is the man and his tongue-in-cheek egomanic humor is infectious.
    But that’s not the whole story. Is the challenge really over. Did he really win? Peter who?

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