May 25th, 2018
Okay. So for cover number three I picked “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey.
This will likely come as no surprise, but I know very little about modern pop music. It's not something I follow. I never really have. By the time the Backstreet Boys popped up on the radio, I was already well into underground music. But I want to stress, this was never principle for me. I have no problem with pop music. You often come across this high-horse attitude about it that I really don't share. Music is music. You like it or you don't. I'm not very social about what I enjoy, and I'm not going to like or dislike something based on how popular it is, or isn't. I just don't listen to a lot of pop because it doesn't catch my ear. Nothing more.
I really like Lana Del Rey, though. I only heard about her because of backlash. My initiation to her music was other people complaining and saying she was some kind of fraud. So I got curious and looked her up. The first song that popped up on Youtube was Video Games and I liked it right off. It had a lot of the things I enjoy in music. It was moody, the chords, arrangements and melodies were clever, and the vocals had a lot of personality. It was the first “Radio Pop” kind of artist I'd heard in a long time that I listened to the song more than once. So I got the record, and again to my surprise, I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed how it was simultaneously melodramatic and bored. It was very left-field for the kind of records I was into at the time, which was fun.
And then on tour, back in 2013, we were in London and were asked to perform on a video blog. I misread the email and didn't realize until 10 pm the night before that we were supposed to prepare a cover. So Josh and I came up with this version of Video Games over the course of about an hour. We wound up playing it off and on at shows from that point on for something fun. So it was a no-brainer to sit down and record a proper version for this cover's EP. A couple others in this little series have come from the same scenario.
Anyway, here's a link if you'd like to hear the result: http://smarturl.it/gn2vk5
And as with the rest of the series, I also cut together a video:
Special thanks to Hunter O'Shea for providing the 16mm footage of his Arizona skate-crew. He was kind of enough to donate lots of little clips at a super short notice, and it made the edit a ton better. Him and his brother also make a great series of skate videos called “A Happy Medium” that are very worth checking out.
And lastly, for the cover image, even with a wig and make-up, I couldn't come close to looking like Ms. Rey. Way out of my range on this one. So I just did a cover that reminded me of her style, and hid most of my face. Hahaha. Some of these were definitely more challenging than others. But such is the way. As someone who has never done drag, it has given me a lot more respect for the medium. It's a lot harder than it looks. And it didn't look easy to begin with.
Anywho, I hope everyone is well.