This video is brilliant in so many ways. You may recognize Jeff Tweedy from Wilco making a nice little cameo here, singing about topics to which he has no relation. Fred and Carrie, acting as producers, call him out on his feeble attempt at songwriting.
After Tweedy gets personal in his lyrics (by hilariously describing a fire detector), he becomes an instant success. The lesson here is that no matter how mundane the subject, music is always better from the heart. Right, Mark Kozelek?
So many musicians make music just to see how cool they can be without actually having any significant life experience, and you can usually see right through it. I even have problems with poorly executed covers when the singer has absolutely no connection to the source material.
I’m so glad Portlandia exists so I know I’m not the only one who sees through the phoniness.