By Hayden Wright
For an indie personality who defines too-cool-for-school, Father John Misty’s brush with the mainstream has gotten him into some sticky situations. He shared headlines with Taylor Swift (in the context of an acid trip he enjoyed at her concert) and contributed to the year’s most talked-about album, Beyonce’s Lemonade. It was only a matter of time before corporate sponsors took interest in Lana Del Rey’s pal and frequent collaborator.
First up? Chipotle—the burrito giant who Misty claims offered him $250,000 for a rather degrading variety of selling out. At the Newport Folk Festival, Father John told the crowd that he was asked to sing the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” for an ad campaign.
“I just got asked to do a Chipotle commercial not that long ago. I’ll tell you this: They were going to pay me a quarter of a million dollars to sing ‘I Want It That Way’ by the Backstreet Boys,” he said. “Yup. That’s my life. I was like, cool, so then I could just buy, like, two Cadillacs and crash them together. I don’t want your f—ing burrito money.”
Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, however, did want the money and teamed up to cover the Backstreet Boys hit for the Mexican fast food giant.
In lieu of burrito spokesmanship, Misty has kept on doing his thing on the alt/indie/folk circuit with selective forays into pop. He just released “Real Love Baby,” which you can hear, here:
And his Chipotle story here: