Posts tagged “Tori Amos”

Monday, 16 December 2013

Mary Lambert Covers “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus

Mary Lambert covers Teenage Dirtbag

She Rings My Bell.

Mary Lambert, the (now Grammy-nominated) chanteuse behind the chorus of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s smash hit song “Same Love,” was recently on Billboard’s Candid Covers internet show thing, where she covered the 2000 song “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus. If you’re not familiar with that song, here are a couple of things you should know about it:

  1. The original Wheatus version is a pretty rockin’ power-pop song.
  2. It’s actually one of my favorite songs. It routinely makes it onto my mp3 player mixes.
  3. You can listen to it here.

Good? Okay. Now let’s watch this cover (you’ll probably have to sit through a commercial, unfortunately).

I am a bit disappointed that Mary left out the “he brings a gun to school” line, but in fairness that line was omitted from most radio-broadcast versions of the song. But I do think it’s pretty awesome that Mary Lambert thought that the lead singer of Wheatus was a girl.

I really appreciate that she completely takes this kinda power-rock song and completely transforms it into her own plaintive, sad style. I’ve never seen the point of doing a cover of a song if it’s just going to sound like the exact same song. It also isn’t done in an ironic way, like all those folky covers of hip-hop songs that appeared after Jonathan Coulton’s “Baby Got Back” cover. It turns a kind of cheeky song into something really heartfelt.

This reminds me a lot of Tori Amos’s pretty durned amazing cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (listen to that here).

What are some of your favorite covers?

Categories: Music, Videos.

Friday, 4 December 2009

“Of the Month” December ’09

Link of the Month:
My Wish List
It’s that time of year again: Time for you to buy things for me for Christmas! BUY THINGS FOR ME! Don’t forget to sort the wish list by PRIORITY. Thanks in advance!

Album of the Month:
November 2009 Album of the Month Tori Amos: Midwinter Graces
Tori Amos has released a holiday album! Gasp! This album is Tori’s delightfully weird takes on some holiday classics, with a couple of originals thrown into the mix. She slightly varies the melody, lyrics, and cadence on the most well-known songs, which is at first a little off-putting because you find yourself unable to sing along with the much-extended vowels or the arbitrarily changed or dropped words (for some reason she removes the word “bright” and the entire final line from the chorus of Star of Wonder), and the “Tori Amos Accent” is in full swing—vowels are randomly transposed to different vowel sounds, and she manages to make the word “torches” sound like, “to-ho-ah-chyezz.” But once you get used to her versions then you find that they’re wonderfully idiosyncratic and undeniably all hers.

Game of the Month:
November 2009 Game of the Month New Super Mario Bros. Wii
A New Super Mario Bros. video game is like an old friend (one you are actually excited to see) coming to visit. It’s like a warm fire waiting for you in a home you love. You’re not going to have your world rocked by something new and exciting, but, by gum, you’re going to have a lot of familiar fun. So what if you’ve eaten this food before? This is one of your favorite foods, and you always enjoy another serving.

Categories: Of the Month.