This morning on the way to work, I heard a Gnarls Barkley cover of the Violent Femmes’ “Gone Daddy Gone.” It was pretty damn good – I was impressed. The cover was fairly faithful to the original, down to the xylophones.
The major difference, of course, was in voice. On the Femmes version, the inimitable Gordon Gano sounds sad, sympathetic, like the older, wiser big brother of a girl who’s headed for trouble. Barkley, however, sounds like a lecherous neighbor peeking through the window shades – and the heavy breathing at the end of the Barkley version doesn’t help dissuade me from thinking that.