Just a touch of the crazy

Maybe you thought you had heard of everything. Maybe you thought with the Internet and all that you had seen it all. And just maybe you thought a return to all things normal was on the horizon. I think that your line of thought couldn’t be any further from the truth. I give you Exhibit A: The Violent Femmes covers Crazy by Gnarls Barkley. From the album’s website:

“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.”

Honestly, I like it. I like it better than the original. I like it enough that I might even buy the vinyl even though my record player has long since gone the way of the dinosaur and I will have to beg a dear friend to borrow theirs just to listen to it. This has everything to do with the music and nothing to do with my love of The Violent Femmes (yeah right).

You can listen to a full track on MySpace. It is also available on Violent Femmes - Crazy - EP.

Found this info on YesButNoButYes.

One Response to “Just a touch of the crazy”

  1. 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…