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The Scissor Sisters version of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” is as close to a musical atrocity as we’ve had in the last year. I pronounce jihad on the lot of them, and after they’re rounded up, they should be forced to listen to non-stop playings of Triumph and Fastway. That is all.

The Scissor Sisters version of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” is as close to a musical atrocity as we’ve had in the last year. I pronounce jihad on the lot of them, and after they’re rounded up, they should be forced to listen to non-stop playings of Triumph and Fastway.

That is all.

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

21 replies on “Cultural Note”

Oh thank heavens…here I am googling for the atrocity, much like a yokel rubbernecking at a car wreck or a pinhead watching reality TV. Scissor Sisters makes much more sense than a 1970’s era movie.

Yeah, I’m getting flak from the Triumph and Fastway fan clubs, apparently. But come on. FASTWAY. They’re who you settle for when Y&T is unavailable for your Brats & Beers party.

Korn’s Wall cover made me like Korn, for just a minute. The Scissor Sisters should be abandoned on an electricity-free island. And, just to be sure, their vocal cords should be removed and all trees, shells, rocks–and anything else an instrument could be made of–should be carted away too.

That was the single most ghastly thing I’ve heard since… since… since I last heard a really ghastly thing.

See, here’s the thing that I really, really, REALLY disliked about Korn’s cover of “Brick in the Wall (Parts I, II & III) (other than the facts that their lead singer makes Roger Waters sound like Pavarotti, their guitar falls laughably short of Gilmour’s nimble fretwork, and the song lacks the context of the Wall album as a whole): it actually started off kind of well before devolving into atrocity.

The remake that I started off thinking, “WTF?” and ended up really, really, REALLY liking? A Perfect Circle’s cover of “Imagine”. The minor key gives it a nicely cynical tone.

What is it with all the bands doing covers these days, anyway?

That really is bad (at least the 30 second free snippet on iTunes Music Store, which is about 29 seconds too long for me).

Yes, that is even worse than my previously-considered-worst cover (Madonna’s “American Pie”).

(I just went through a several post long run of blogging about cover songs, so this is quite timely.)

I guess discophobia came back with disco.

Yeah, the cover of “Comfortably Numb” sucks (but so did The Wall, zing!), but have you heard “Take Your Mama Out”? Great single. And even the cover is nowhere near a “musical atrocity”.

I think the needle got stuck near the beginning. Do they think any phrase worth repeating is worth repeating twice too much? Have they taken Steven Reich (come out to show them) lessons? Can I do anything other than post rhetorical questions?

They took that song, which was drifting into a heroin nod, and injected cocaine directly into its heart. Then they covered it in rhinestones and glitter and sent it down the runway on roller skates.

I don’t think it was meant as a tribute, but as a perversion. And they did a fabulous job of that.

“They took that song, which was drifting into a heroin nod, and injected cocaine directly into its heart. Then they covered it in rhinestones and glitter and sent it down the runway on roller skates.”

Just what the world needs: A prog rock disco speedball.

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