This was probably inevitable, but it sure happened faster than I would’ve expected: Father John Misty covering Ryan Adams’ cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 hit “Blank Space,” in the style of Velvet Underground-era Lou Reed. It’s meta enough to make the mind reel (and wonder who will be next to weigh in) — but check it out! And then check out Misty’s similar treatment of “Welcome to New York.”
Meanwhile, nice to see a quote from my previous 1989 blog post show up in Salon’s piece about the album today. I may not be an expert on Ryan, but… yeah, I’ve been paying attention a while…
UPDATE: One day later, both of Misty’s 1989 tracks have disappeared from Soundcloud; maybe he thought better of it, but the snark lingers. And at least “Blank Space” has turned up on YouTube (see below).
SECOND UPDATE: And now Misty is saying that Lou Reed came to him in a dream and commanded him to take the 1989 songs down. Um… (10/8/2015 — No, he was just kidding about that Lou Reed dream business. Duh.)
ADDENDUM (9/24/2015): Getting in on the fun, Dirty Bangs.
Earlier this week, when I posted about “Losering” turning up in a few far-off spots in Australia and New Zealand, I asked for anybody in the vicinity of the University of Western Sydney’s Penrith Campus to send me pictures of it in the stacks at Ward Library there. And while I was hoping someone might eventually do that, I sure didn’t expect it to happen this fast. But God bless Danielle Roddick, senior media officer of the university’s office of marketing and communication, who was kind enough to follow through and do just that.
So here it is, in the company of tomes about Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Pete Townshend, Yo La Tengo, Freddie Mercury, Australia’s own AC/DC and other luminaries. Very cool to know that it’s on a shelf somewhere more than 9,641 miles away from home. Thanks, Danielle — maybe someone down there will check it out!
Tags: AC/DC, Australia, Danielle Roddick, Freddie Mercury, Losering, Neil Young, New Zealand, Penrith Campus, Pete Townshend, Ryan Adams, University of Western Sydney, Velvet Underground, Ward Library, Whiskeytown, Yo La Tengo