They’re Coming To Take Me Away (hah hah!)

January 28, 2010 at 6:12 pm (Entertainment, Media, Music) (, , )

Hey, fellow music nerds! In the last few days, I ran across something completely unexpected. It’s one of those things that you really don’t think about until you see it, and then it becomes obvious – even inevitable.

Since it seems that all the good melodies have already been written, those bands who choose not to sample or rap are mining our musical past for golden nuggets. Here’s one such effort. Neuroticfish with a cover version of “They’re Coming to Take Me Away”:

Yes! Very nice! Wonderfully deranged, in a way that the original version from the 1960’s, by Napoleon the XIV, could never be allowed, back in the day… With the added benefit of the bass line from the Dr. Who theme. For comparison, here’s the happily bent little ditty that I first heard when I borrowed the LP from my neighbor, Mike Platt:

Ah, they don’t make ’em like that any more. Sometimes, they make them even better.

Well, for a given value of “better”. Like the difference between making a fire “better” by putting water on it, or gasoline. It all depends on your point of view, really.



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2 Comments

  1. richardtimothy said,

    I think the voice in the original gets the creepier voice vote. There’s something a little more raw and unpredictable in the tone. It’s the voice you’d imagine Van Gogh would be using while discussing with the green fairy why removing his ear and sending it to his love was a sure fire way to get her back.

    Visually though, yes the revision tells the story better. And I will give Neuroticfish credit for making a song that I can really only stand listening to about once every decade, a bit more, well repeatable.

    Regardless, a grand find Dave. I always enjoy your random musical finds.

    Cheers,
    Rich

  2. lordhelpus said,

    Thanks for the kind words, Rich. Got another musical entry coming up next.

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