Stephen Colbert is known for having some musical chops, so he couldn’t help but jump in with Violent Femmes Tuesday (Feb. 23) on a performance of their hit “Blister in the Sun,” which Colbert calls “a song that I think I’ve played 1000 times, and I can’t wait to hear 1000 more.”
Like any good host, Colbert lets the band take it away for the first two-thirds of the performance, but he jumps in on the ending and quiets things down on the whispered part before bringing it home on the final chorus.
The song is not as current as some people might think. It was originally released on Violent Femmes’ 1983 self-titled album, but found a resurgence when it was included in the 1997 movie “Grosse Point Blank,” for which the band recorded a new version.
Now Violent Femmes is back with its first new studio album in 16 years. “We Can Do Anything” drops March 4, but you can get a sneak peek of the first track, titled “Memory,” in the band’s other performance on “The Late Show.”