Tik Tok

September 24, 2010 9:54 AM

My acoustic cover of the Mefi favourite by Ke$ha.

posted by ianK (5 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Nice, acoustic folk covers are always a good time.
posted by Jenkiins at 10:42 AM on September 24, 2010

Top notch. There's a hollow center to this party tune which you clued into perfectly.
posted by unSane at 7:03 PM on September 24, 2010

This is really nicely executed. You have a really great voice. It's funny how this song is often talked about as nonsense, like in the recent thread where it was placed in the category of a novelty song. A version like this suggests otherwise by making you hear the lyrics so differently.

unSane's right, there is a hollowness that you've pinpointed, but you are pretty gentle about it. You don't gut the song like, say, for example, Low might, by slowing it down to a glacial pace so that it feels like dwelling on last night's events the next day wracked with shame during a brutal hangover. I hear this as more like "Remember that party last week when we danced to that song? Man, it sucks that none of my friends aren't around today", as opposed to "Ke$ha is what's wrong with the universe, so I'm going to turn her drivel inside out."
posted by umbĂș at 12:46 PM on September 25, 2010

Wow, thanks guys.

umbĂș: You are right when you say that this doesn't sound like a reaction against the "vapidity of pop music" or whatever.

I do genuinely enjoy the original song and trying to make an ironic version of it with elitist undertones would feel trite and contrived. Which is what I believe is wrong with a lot of indie music at the moment; the whole cooler than thou and detached attitude, at the expense at emotional communication.

It feels much better to make a version of what it would sound like if I actually wrote the lyrics and melody to that song. Same words but filtered through me, someone who is probably the polar opposite of what Ke$ha makes herself out to be.
posted by ianK at 1:41 PM on September 25, 2010

That was lovely. Thank you.
posted by motty at 6:05 PM on September 25, 2010

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