If you've ever seen Neko Case in concert, you know a sizable portion of her shows are a kind of comedy act, a rolling back-and-forth between Case and Kelly Hogan, her longtime backing singer. You know that Case and Hogan, both of whom worked at one time at The Hideout and record for Chicago-based Bloodshot Records, are not musician-funny but seriously funny-funny. At least once they've professed to knowing every line of "Talladega Nights." But frankly, their hilarious new song, "These Aren't the Droids," is much funnier.
The video — just released as part of a comedy-music benefit compilation, "2776: A Millennium of American Asskickery" (proceeds go to OneKid OneWorld, a Los Angeles foundation that raises money to improve education for children in poor communities around the world) — is a skewering of fanboy culture so sharp that Case, in a very knowing provocation, wears a Princess Leia wig with a Spock costume. (Sacrilege!) And that's Hogan in a Chewbacca suit, advocating for revolution (that includes baskets of kittens on restaurant tables). And that's actress Ellie Kemper, of "The Office," in the video's story line, increasingly unsatisfied with her Stormtrooper boyfriend.
The song is a vision of our cultural future. Sci-fi-comic geekdom reigns. The chest-bursting scene in "Alien" is used to illustrate maternity benefits. And the aesthetic, Case and Hogan sing, is a combination of Cracked and Maxim magazine ("Craxim!") Among the great lines: "We didn't realize the future/ Was designed by teenage guys."
Also: "So now we're in 2091/And it looks like a permanent comic con."