Monday, June 22, 2009

Jeff Tweedy: "Millionaire"

Jeff Tweedy in Bend, OR, from the HAD Archive

This tidbit was played only six times at a handful of dates in 2002 and 2003 (including Loose Fur's two night stand at St. Ann's Warehouse), and makes us smile every time we hear it. It's a classic example of Tweedy's acerbic wit, drenched simultaneously in melancholy, skepticism, and condecension. It also manages to layer a sparse melody on top of an almost classic country chord progression, while the lyrical content is unquestionably modern.

Given Tweedy's recent turn towards more affable songwriting, we wouldn't recommend getting up your hopes of seeing "Millionaire" on record any time soon. That being said, it's always nice to have gems like this in the archive - it's one of the things that makes live music so fantastic!

mp3: Jeff Tweedy - Millionaire


breathe through said...

thankyou for this!! i've been looking for a recording for this song for a long long time and this made my day :-)