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.