King Features and dBpm Records are combining creative forces with the release of a new cartoon and animated music video for Wilco’s latest single, “Dawned On Me,” featuring Popeye the Sailor Man and the Chicago band.
“Dawned On Me” is a sweet ballad off the band’s latest album, the 2012 Grammy-nominated The Whole Love. In the video, Popeye vies for Olive Oyl’s affections with his usual nemesis, Bluto, and with a new challenger, Wilco front man, Jeff Tweedy. The video for “Dawned On Me” was directed by Darren Romanelli, the fashion and pop culture innovator who conceived the idea for a collaboration between Wilco and King Features’ flagship character, Popeye.
This collaboration between American icons, both of whom have a connection to Illinois, is one of the first music videos Wilco has released since released 1999 and it presents the band to the masses in a fresh, new way: as animated images, side-by-side with Popeye, Olive Oyl, Swee’ Pea, Bluto and Wimpy.
For more information about Wilco, the single “Dawned On Me” and the latest album, The Whole Love, please visit www.wilcospinach.com
This week’s POPEYE Sunday comic strip pays homage to two American icons: Popeye and the alternative rock band, Wilco. The artwork prominently features the S.S.Wilco sailing into port to deliver Wilco Brand Spinach. Hoards of people are lining up on the dock as Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto and the entire gang assist Wilco in handing out cans of Wilco Spinach to the crowds. The art, created by Frank Caruso and Ned Sonntag, features caricatures of Wilco band members: lead singer Jeff Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche.
Rolling Stone described Wilco as “one of America’s most consistently interesting bands” and “America’s foremost rock impressionists” and their latest collaboration with the cartoon icon Popeye underscores the band’s creativity. Aside from their apparent love for spinach, both Wilco and Popeye also share roots in their home state of Illinois (Chicago and Chester, respectively).