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Ryan Adams' 1989: Five Other Artists Some Sad Bastard Should Cover

By Joe Starr | Music | September 21, 2015 |

By Joe Starr | Music | September 21, 2015 |

Ryan Adams’ cover album of Taylor Swift’s 1989 came out today, and if you’ve ever wondered what Taylor Swift’s music sounds like with the fun and joy removed then I have great news: Ryan Adams has cracked the code.

I mean, this album is fine. If you like what a Ryan Adams song sounds like, you will like this album. But I was really hoping to hear an artist step out of his comfort zone and create something that sounded more like a love child between two albums and less like an Alt Country Borg absorbed the song “Bad Blood.”

So in reaction to this long bored sigh of an album, here is a list of five other singer songwriter/bubblegum pop marriages I wouldn’t mind hearing that started off as a joke article but then I got sort of into it.

Badly Drawn Boy/Carly Rae Jepson

Hey, remember when you discovered that One Plus One Is One was a fantastic remedy to get through the winter in college and it was your own personal ‘Natalie Portman puts headphones on you’ moment? Well, it’s been like five years since Badly Drawn Boy gave us any new songs to help us discover that we actually like drinking coffee, so I figure why not come back with a super weird bang?

And by super weird bang I mean covering I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepson. Fun story: I really like this song. I really didn’t mean to, and then I really couldn’t stop listening to it, and now I really dance to it in my living room sometimes.

I honestly think this could be a fun, refreshing new collection of songs for Hugh Grant to monologue about units of time over.

The National/Lorde
I think this is probably the one where I stopped trying to make this article funny and accidentally got really excited about one.

Forget Rains of Castermere, if you don’t want to hear Matt Berninger croon the shit out of Royals you’re a damn liar.

Sufjan Stevens/Janelle Monae
Here is a math problem




equals the most insane thing you’ve ever heard in your life. My body isn’t ready. Look, Stevens is already way behind on making an album for every state, so I think he owes us this one.

Death Cab For Cutie/Robyn
What happens when the whiny King of ‘why won’t she love me?’ meets the Queen of ‘fuck you, I don’t love you but we can still be cool and dance or whatever?’ My guess is this:

Except with an acoustic guitar.

Also, Ben Gibbard doing the Call Your Girlfriend video move for move would be pretty classic.

Tom Waits/Lady Beard
Wait a minute Starr, was this whole thing just an excuse to post a Ladybeard video?

Yes. But also I want Ladybeard and the members of Ladybaby to live in a houseboat with Tom Waits.

Did I forget any other combos you’d like to hear? Probably not because look at this list, but just in case, leave them in the comments! In the meantime I’ll be listening to Ryan Adams’ 1989 on a loop. Because I don’t like it. At all.

This son of a bitch is growing on me.

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