This Ryan Adams covering Taylor Swift thing was just plain weird to me, and I didn’t even bother to listen… was it necessary? Was it a stunt, a real publicity stunt? I already didn’t know what to do with this, but this has now taken another level of irony thanks to the I-am-smarter-than-you Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty. It’s obvious he is having a little fun with the idea, as he has just released two tracks on his soundcloud page, two covers of Swift’s songs off her same ‘1989’ album, and I guess Josh Tillman is mocking Ryan’s heartfelt homage.
‘My ongoing tribute to the classic Ryan Adams album ‘1989”, he writes below his cover of Welcome to New York’… ‘My reinterpretation of the classic Ryan Adams album ‘1989’’ he writes below Blank Space’. And there is a twist, it’s Father John Misty covering Ryan Adams covering Taylor Swift in the style of the Velvet Underground, my head is spinning with the idea, but Tillman’s take on Lou Reed is actually right on, and Ryan Adams’ input has been lost in translation.
Adams said that his ‘1989’ was done in the style of the Smiths and Bruce Springsteen but I don’t know how he is going to take this second/third level of interpretation, he may totally ignore it, but I would be a bit vexed if I were him!
Plus it may seriously devalue Adams’ ‘1989’ version, you may now think it was totally pointless because the songs could be basically done in any style? I could be wrong but at least Adams seemed sincere…. Does this mean that Father John Misty is really this pretentious act turning everything in derision? And we have to wonder which one of the two does Tillman despise the most… Swift or Adams?