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.