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gnarls barkley femmes it up

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.

You decide:
The Gnarls Barkley version, complete with a weird, bug-infested video.
The 1982 Femmes version, in which Gordon Gano does that 1960s stand-very-still-while-singing thing.

6 thoughts on “gnarls barkley femmes it up”

  1. I don’t even want to tell you how old I was when the Femmes released that song. Wait, yes I do: I was 3.

    Thank goodness of camp counselors: in the summer of 1988 or so, my counselor Julie introduced me to their self-titled debut, and another fan was born…

  2. I don’t even want to tell you how old I was when the Femmes released that song. Wait, yes I do: I was 3.

    Thank goodness of camp counselors: in the summer of 1988 or so, my counselor Julie introduced me to their self-titled debut, and another fan was born…

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