Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cover: Gnarls Barkley, "Gone Daddy Gone"

Before Cee-Lo was that guy on the Voice with the "Fuck You" song, he was of course part of Gnarls Barkley, who had a hit with "Crazy." Also on their debut album St. Elsewhere was this cover of Violent Femmes' "Gone Daddy Gone." The ragged, nervy College Rock production is cleaned up and made a bit sinister with its charging bass and Cee-Lo's vocals, and the xylophone effect (held over from the original) adds to that tension. A great instance of a cover not changing the form, but still managing to put their stamp on a cover.

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