Field Report will be opening for Aimee Man tonight at The Neptune
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Chris Porterfield, Vocalist of Milwaukee folk band Field Report, delves into bloody cysts, unlikely metaphors and the passing of his close friend, Chico.
Song: "Chico the American"
Release Date: Sept. 11, 2012
When it was written: Summer of 2011
Where it was written: Title came to me driving in the car.
Favorite line in the song: It is the grossest thing I've ever written. I delight in singing this line to an unfamiliar audience: "Pound that pus-y, bloody cyst off with a weather-treated two-by-four."
Odd fact about song: May be the first piece to use Jon Benet Ramsey and Dom DeLouise in the same chorus as metaphor.
What was your inspiration for writing the song: An old rabble rousing friend passed away.
When was your favorite time performing it live: The Fillmore in San Francisco.
What is the meaning behind the song: It's a eulogy for a drinking buddy named Chico. He was this huge Indian and he used to get me into bars when I was 18. He was kind and filled with joy until he crossed hair trigger pour line, then this rage would come. I lost touch with him and found out a few years ago that his choices ended up killing him. This is for his memory, and moreso, eulogizing anyone who you are disappointed to discover is not larger than life.