Wilco's Jeff Tweedy covers Beyonce's 'Single Ladies': Watch here

wilco-single-ladiesImage Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images; Rui M. Leal/PR PhotosJeff Tweedy is a prolific cover artist, both with Wilco and on his own. Usually he channels sturdy classics by the likes of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, or Big Star. At a solo gig in Chicago this March, however, the art-rock hero took on no less a contemporary pop monument than Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” at an audience member’s request. Somehow the video footage of this remarkable occurrence remained largely unseen until last night, when TwentyFourBit posted a grainy YouTube clip that you can watch after the jump.

As you’ll see, Tweedy sings only a few bars, followed by a dramatic recitation of the hit’s lyrics. He also twirls his hand the way all good “Single Ladies” tribute artists must. Pitchfork thinks this is “better than Liza Minnelli’s version” from Sex and the City 2. I wouldn’t go that far, but it is pretty funny. Watch Tweedy’s cover after the jump and let us know what you think.

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  • Addie

    OMG that is great esp. when he states “this is toy story”……I knew I liked Wilco for a reason totally made my day, but still not a fan of this song. And Liza’s cover was like bloody murder….

  • SIOBHAN MAGNUS ROCKS!!!!

    GO ON YOUTUBE AND CHECK OUT SIOBHAN MAGNUS’S SINGING PERFORMANCES. SHE IS SUCH A FANTASTIC AND FUN SINGER WITH SUCH A PRETTY VOICE. HANSON HAD HER PERFORM WITH THEM AND SHE DID SO GOOD. SIOBHAN IS GOING TO BE ONE FANTASTIC AND TRUE SUPERSTAR IN THE FUTURE!!!!! :) :) :) THERE IS A PERFORMANCE ON YOUTUBE OF HER SINGING “SUMMERTIME”-A JANIS JOPLIN SONG ON THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW, AND IT IS SUCH A WONDERFUL PERORMANCE. SIOBHAN COMPLETELY SHINED DURING THAT GREAT PERFORMANCE. BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL SONG, AND SIOBHAN DID A FANTASTIC JOB SINGING IT. SIOBHAN MAGNUS IS A EPIC CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • D’s Advocate

    This is pure hipster fascism. “I can’t do the dance.” And he can’t disappoint the Williamsburg cabal by doing anything other than a snarky spoken word “cover.”

  • Mohamed

    , there are certainly litims, and there were times during the show when a few people got a bit obnoxious. But overall, I thought the crowd struck a great balance between properly worshipful and deliriously enthusiastic. I was both!

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