We are in desperate need of an out-of-context problem.
Mumford and Sons fans need to scroll past this post.
The rest of us here? Good.
I’m sure the fine young folks in M and S are big fans of The Boss. And I’m sure they meant for this performance of his masterpiece “Atlantic City” to be an homage to a musical hero. Here is their version:
Now, as a comparison, here is The Boss performing it with just a twelve string guitar and a harmonica:
Right. Where to start…
M and S totally sucked the heart and emotion out of this song. I tried listening to the whole thing. I really did, but….THIS IS NOT A HAPPY SONG!!! This is a song about a guy crossing the line trying to make something better for him and his girl. It’s supposed to be raw, desperate.
Just not in Happy Sunshine Mumford and Sons World where everything is a big game of Candyland.
Well fuck Candyland. I hated that stupid game.
I really don’t care what their motivations were, I just want Mumford and Sons to formally apologize to The Boss and sign a cease and desist stating that if they ever cover another song of his and butcher it in this fashion, they will receive a beating from a group of the New Jersey Longshoreman’s union. Oh…and I’ll stab them in the face with an icepick.
The next move is yours, Mumford and Sons.
Don’t make me be a bastard.
This is the end
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes…again
Jason and the Scorchers perform “Absolutely Sweet Marie”.
Noam Chomsky on Concision in the U.S. media.
If you don’t know who George Jones is you should prolly take your boots and camo off and sit this one out.
and if you dont know that he passed away today and you consider yourself country.. you might as well just stop right now.
Honor your roots.
“…living and dying with the choices I’ve made….”
Songs don’t get much more real than this. George Jones lived it. I hope wherever he is, he’s at peace.
The model for tomorrow, and this is the model I’ve been using with enormous enthusiasm since I started blogging back in 2001, is to try everything. Make mistakes. Surprise ourselves. Try anything else. Fail. Fail better. And succeed in ways we never would have imagined a year or a week ago.
Johnathan, you were - and always will be - one of my inspirations. A hat was never just a hat. There was always a character to go along with it. You created worlds. Thank you.