Reciprocity of a sort

A couple of years ago, Gnarls Barkley put out a cover of “Gone Daddy Gone,” a 1982 song from the Violent Femmes catalog, and actually, the Gnarly Ones didn’t do too badly: they didn’t quite convey Femmes-level menace, but they didn’t turn it into a farce either. (At least on the record, that is; the video is another matter.)

The Femmes have now returned the favor, and I can’t describe it any better than this:

Like a Morricone-style dirge recorded by The Mamas and The Papas, Violent Femmes’ cover of Gnarls Barkley’s infamous “Crazy” is like nothing you’ve heard from the legendary alt-rock trio before. Their oft-imitated folk-punk sound is flavored with surf-rock guitar and Theremin, creating a tranquility that is somber and otherworldly.

You can hear it here. And if the whole idea disturbs you, be grateful you missed the Femmes’ take on the SpongeBob SquarePants theme.

(Via belhoste.)





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