5 Years

September 2, 2013 5:41 AM

I blame the kief.

posted by Ardiril (10 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite


I think you really did this one justice. The lyrics are weird and apocalyptic, and you've come up with a rendition that really matches that.
posted by dubold at 6:27 AM on September 2, 2013

Strat, Carvin 12-string, Les Paul thru a wah pedal and a cranked Sansamp, drum machine.
posted by Ardiril at 6:45 AM on September 2, 2013

Love that neat droning strum sound. Like some sort of odd, angry autoharp.
posted by cortex at 7:59 AM on September 2, 2013 [1 favorite]

The delivery reminded me of Was (Not Was) and their weirdo spoken word tracks, but this is a surprisingly emotional rendition. I love it.
posted by buriednexttoyou at 12:08 PM on September 2, 2013

This is great. You sound like I imagine the the headliner would sound inside the small smoke-filled caberet within the brain of an insane person. He's bobbing his head to this and holding his "The End is Nigh" sign. I particularly liked the "don't think you knew you were in THIS song" part. Nice job.
posted by Slothomatic at 4:37 PM on September 2, 2013

I get this song in my head a lot. I also can never remember the lyrics fully, so I walk around campus muttering "My brain hurts like a warehouse, there's no room to spare, there other world that go around here."

FYI: I really dug this.
posted by cjorgensen at 5:44 PM on September 2, 2013

The drone is the Les Paul and an auto-wah. (Well, also, a squashed Route 66 compressor and a cranked SansAmp.)
posted by Ardiril at 6:10 PM on September 2, 2013

Nice version.
posted by bongo_x at 6:18 PM on September 2, 2013

This is excellent. The post-apocalyptic reportage vocal performance makes me think of a particularly grizzled muppet with nothing left but a guitar and a bad case of The Dead Flag Blues. I really love the more high-concept/out-of-genre covers people have done, 'cos there's a lot there in Bowie's material and trying to too closely match the original seems self-defeating. Great, great version!
posted by comealongpole at 1:33 PM on September 14, 2013

Thanks for introducing me to that, comealongpole. Godspeed is one of those incredibly tasteful and creative bands who lie just beyond my listening horizon for no other reason than lack of time.
posted by Ardiril at 4:00 PM on September 14, 2013

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