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Covers that Reinvent the Wheel (Unnecessarily): “White Winter Hymnal”

January 20, 2009
This is an image which accurately reflects the nature of the following cover.

This is an image which accurately reflects the nature of the following cover.

Based on yesterday’s post, we’ve seen that folkified versions of rock/alternative/indie songs work extremely well, but what happens when a rock/electronic/alternative/indie band takes on a folk song? Unspeakable horrors, I’m afraid.

In all actuality, this cover of Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal” isn’t really that reprehensible; it’s more funny than awful. Imagine vocoders and bass beats taking on bearded hipsters. Epic battle, right? Give it a listen, and then tell me if you think I should never post novelty songs again. Or, if you think this song represents a legitimate artistic endeavor, I dare you to make a compelling argument for it. Double-dog dare, at that.

White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes

White Winter Hymnal – Ruby Isle

Better covers will follow in the coming days/weeks/years. (Is saying “years” overly optimistic about my attention span?)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2009 6:15 pm

    Sweet Jesus. It’s un-listen-to-able!

    Thank god someone pulled their ass out of their head long enough to make the remix…

  2. Emily permalink
    January 21, 2009 1:09 am

    Drew, surely you must be mistaken! The first track is wonderful.

    And who wouldn’t love a band who’s cover art is the awesome Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Netherlandish Proverbs? (Art history nerd in me, but seriously, look it up on Wikipedia – a very cool painting. Definitely a painting to know.)

  3. Andrew permalink
    April 3, 2009 9:40 pm

    oh my god… is ruby isle a 13-year-old boy playing with a synthesizer?

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