News Of The Weird: Ryan Adams’ “Smiths-style” Remake of Taylor Swift’s 1989


Wouldn’t it be, like super awesome of they turned out to be like Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia?

By Uncle Blurt

Yeah, me too—absolutely, positively, permanently sick of Taylor Swift, that is. Sorry, but I’ve never cottoned to the I-am-everywhere type of alpha personality that I had to endure back in high school, and it’s even more grating during my adult years. Meanwhile, I am a huge fan of Ryan Adams, and yes, I know that for some of you, he represents (or at least used to represent) that same annoyance factor outlined above. So I don’t know exactly how to react to the news, as disclosed this morning by Rolling Stone, that brother Ry has decided to cover Swift’s mega-hit 1989 — but “in the style of The Smiths.”


Since I have yet to hear any of the remake results, I hesitate to express hope that this project follows a similar arc to Sufjan Stevens’ earlier project involving doing albums bearing themes of all 50 states, i.e., he shelved it after just a couple of stabs, and considering the tepidness of those stabs, it was the right decision. But as neither a fan of Swift nor The Smiths, it’s certainly not something I’m even remotely drawn to. Morrissey, in fact, really gets up my ass, like in that photo above.


Not that Adams or Swift could care, as they have been too busy tweeting back and forth about their newfound mutual admiration society. As Rolling Stone noted:

-“ “Guaranteed saddest version of ‘Welcome to New York’ ever — or your tears back,” he wrote in an Instagram post featuring an annotated copy of the song’s lyrics. He shared a similar picture of “Blank Space” “

-“ Swift responded quickly to the news, responding excitedly to journalist Hasief Ardiasyah’s tweet about Adams’ covers. “I will pass out,” she wrote. Adams confirmed it for her and was complimentary of how the songs hold up even when stripped down. “Badass tunes, Taylor. We’re sandblasting them, and they’re holding steady,” he replied. ”

-“ Swift responded to Adams directly, still excited about the album. “I’m not gonna be able to sleep tonight or ever again, and I’m going to celebrate today every year as a holiday,” she wrote. In response, Adams teased a clip of his moody “Welcome to New York” cover.”
Given Adams’ split from his wife Mandy Moore, this has got to be one of the most blatant – and blatantly bizarre – courtships the music world has seen in awhile…

Go HERE at Adams’ Instagram account to hear that brief snippet of the “WTNY” song.


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