How Not To Do a Cover Version

Some songs, of course, just simply should not be messed with.

Anyone who was unfortunate enough to hear Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie, or even worse Ronan Keating and Moira Brennan’s versions of “Fairytale of New York” will know what I mean.

Here’s another song to add to that list. Many have tried. All have failed. I mean, why try and improve on perfection?

Take professional kookie indie girl Zooey Deschanel and M Ward’s stab at this, which they play with a straight bat, omitting the words “The”, “Chipmunk”, and “Song” from the title and steadfastly refusing to perform any of the lyrics in triple time:


She & Him – Christmas Don’t Be Late

And then there’s Tegan and Sara, who at least have the decency not to castrate the title, and have some chipmunk-y vocals:


Tegan and Sara –  The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)

I mean, they’re both perfectly acceptable, but they’re not this,  the closing track on that “Looney Tunes” compilation album I featured quite a lot a while ago, are they?:

Looney Tunes

David Seville and The Chipmunks – The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)

It amuses me greatly to think that somebody searching for Christmas songs by rapper Chipmunk may have just have stumbled across this and will either be very happy or very, very disappointed right now.

I suspect the latter.

More soon.


More Looney Tunes

Here’s another tune from that album my Aunt Barb (hello, and Merry Christmas if you’re reading this!) bought me when I was a nipper, this time by a bunch of characters who’ve enjoyed quite the lease of life recently, earning themselves a film franchise, TV series and five Grammys.

I think I identify with Alvin the most:


The Chipmunks – The Chipmunk Song

I bring this up now, because professional Indie waif Zooey Deschanel and perennial under-achiever M Ward have released yet another album under their She & Him guise, a Christmas one this time, which includes a cover of the aforementioned rodent-based tune:


She & Him – Christmas Don’t Be Late

Cut out the annoying squeaky voices, and that’s quite lovely really, isn’t it?

More soon.