Elvis Costello dropped by “The Colbert Report” on Thursday to pimp the new season of his own talk show, “Spectacle,” but since he was feeling a little under the weather and not in fine singing voice, host Stephen Colbert offered to lend his vocal services instead.

The result? The usually sardonic Colbert taking a surprisingly sincere stab at Costello’s “Cheap Reward” — a pretty obscure mid-’70s country lament that appears as a bonus track on some My Aim Is True reissues — while Elvis served up some accompaniment on acoustic guitar. A surprisingly good performance.

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