By: Jennifer Hong
Published: Jun 26, 2021

Stephen Colbert, Jack White debut a record together

Stephen Colbert, Jack White debuted a new single called “Charlene II (I’m Over You)” on the Comedy Channel Thursday night. Colbert has featured White on his show all week during his “rock odyssey” series. It sounded really good.

The series was called “Dr. Pepper Presents StePhest ColbChella 2011 — Rock You Like a Thirst-Icane.” The comedian is trying to convince the musician to “Sell Out.” The former White Stripe and his Nashville-based record label, Third Man Records, produced the Stephen Colbert & Jack White track.

The reference of the song is one only die-hard members of the Colbert Nation likely will grasp. It’s a follow-up to his mock `80s new wave song, “Charlene (I’m Right Behind You).” Since 2006, Colbert has occasionally alluded to the song and suggested that before his conservative pundit character became a TV show host, he was the lead singer in a group called Stephen and the Colberts.

But the sequel, “Charlene II (I’m Over You),” is entering the real world. The song is to be available from iTunes and Third Man Records, including on vinyl copies. There’s even a limited edition red-white-and-blue edition, with the vinyl dyed in the colors of the flag. Colbert and White will be selling copies Friday in Manhattan from the Third Man Records’ “rolling record store” — a truck that travels the country selling the label’s music.

This is White’s second collaboration with a late-night talk show host. Last year he released a live rockabilly album with Conan O’Brien. Colbert has taken every chance to remind White that he’s a Grammy winner. Colbert’s “A Colbert Christmas” won the Grammy for best comedy album in 2010. But this is far from the comedian’s first foray into musical performance. Among his greatest hits are a performance of “Empire State of Mind” with Alicia Keys, a “shred-off” with the Decemberists and a rendition of Rebecca Black’s “Friday.”

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