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Here Come the Choppers is a 2005 album by Loudon Wainwright III. The title track is an acerbic and blackly humorous reference to the Iraq War, reset in southern California's Miracle Mile

Here Come the Choppers
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 19, 2005[1]
GenreFolk rock
LabelSovereign Records
ProducerLee Townsend
Loudon Wainwright III chronology
So Damn Happy(2003) Here Come the Choppers
Strange Weirdos
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauA− [2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [3]

"The inspectors found nothing
That’s just not right
Whole Foods and Kmart
Are targets tonight"

Perhaps the most remarkable track though, is Hank and Fred, a real-life account of Wainwright driving to the grave of Hank Williams when he heard the news, on the car radio, of the death of children's TV host Fred Rogers.

"One New Years' Day Hank slipped away
Slumped over in the back
Oh, I hope he had his cardigan on
In that Cadillac"

The album is also notable for the seemingly unlikely recruitment of Bill Frisell on lead guitar.

The cover illustration is by Steve Vance.


Track listingEdit

All tracks composed by Loudon Wainwright III

  1. "My Biggest Fan" – 6:02
  2. "No Sure Way" – 5:29
  3. "Had to Be Her" – 5:02
  4. "Hank and Fred" – 4:55
  5. "Half Fist" – 4:13
  6. "To Be on TV" – 4:03
  7. "God's Country" – 3:14
  8. "Make Your Mother Mad" – 4:06
  9. "When You Leave" – 5:22
  10. "Nanny" – 3:12
  11. "Here Come the Choppers" – 6:42
  12. "Things" – 4:06


Release historyEdit

  • CD: Sovereign Records


  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Here Come the Choppers - Loudon Wainwright III". AllMusic. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review