Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Classic: Transformer (Live at Abbey Road)

This would definitely be right up there in my list of all-time greatest songs ever. Its presence is undeniable in how it hits my soul. Which is made even crazier by how ... kinda annoying the original was.

Gnarls Barkley - Transformers (Live at Abbey Road)

This joint was completely reworked from the ground up when Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo decided to revamp it for a short recording session at Abbey Road. On the tails of the worldwide hit "Crazy", Gnarls Barkley had become a cult phenomenon that could do no wrong. Their experimentation would always venture down the road of creative genius to their fans. Even when the St. Elsewhere cut "Transformer" came flooding in with its jumping, noisy instrumentation and rapid-fire lyrics full of modulation and vocal shifting, most of us appreciated it anyway. But once the Abbey Road rendition made its way to a YouTube channel near you, a classic was born. Danger Mouse stripped all of the busyness of the original and went full swing with the bare essentials. Cee-Lo slowed down his semi-rapping and turned each and every word of the song into a gospel-like rejoice. Everything came to a screeching halt and a social doctrine came out of the resulting hymn. You can interpret it however, but this may be the greatest remake of a song by any group to ever ... remake their own song. It's genius and any other positive adjective you ever use loosely. Trust me.

... but do take my word for it.

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