Friday, June 01, 2007

I was just checking out my MySpace page (Yes, I have one. No, I'm not 15. Yes, I'd be glad to send $5,000 to Nigeria or view your web cam for $1.99 per minute) and near the bottom of the front page, there's a spot for some hot musical artist.

Today's choice is Ben Kweller, who is a part of the joint SPIN/MySpace Smashing Pumpkins tribute CD. I happen to love tribute albums (especially versions of rock tunes that switch genres -- see also Breathe, a collection of Dave Matthews songs as bluegrass), so I hopefully listened to Kweller's version of "Today", which is on his page.

Awful. Gigantically, spectacularly awful. Kweller takes a powerful, angry anthem and reduces it to a wimpy, washed-out whine. It's like remaking "Pulp Fiction" with Nathan Lane and Bob Ross.

Go listen for yourself and explain to me how this guy -- who sings like Fran Drescher acts -- got a record deal on the first place.


ordinarygirl said...

The problem is he didn't really do anything new with it except make it boring.

Wayne Frazer said...

I disagree. I think he inserted in his folksy emo straw and sucked all out the energy and life, and inserted his crappy vocal stylings.

Ben Kweller is an aural vampire.