“Ballad of a Detroit Spider”

Toward the end of “Losering,” I wrote that if Ryan Adams ever did a comedy album I would buy it the day it came out. That was in response to a death-metal version of “16 Days” he’s been known to play onstage. And in a similar vein, here’s another DRA novelty album that would be fun to put together: A compilation of the impromptu onstage songs he makes up during shows, like this one from Detroit the other night — which is along the same lines as “No Shirt,” a ditty he busted out at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit last fall. This time, Ryan rescued a spider from guitarist Mike Viola’s microphone and launched into “Ballad of a Detroit Spider,” with the rest of the band gradually joining in. As onstage messing-around goes, it’s actually pretty good (even if it does go on a touch too long).

ADDENDUM (10/23/2016): From 2014 in Milwaukee, “Ode to the Security Guard.”

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