Today has been a huge day for new music. The song of the day was the fallopian stimulus package, Kings of Leon's new NFT album dropped, Drake and Justice Beaver had new stuff come out as well, but all of that pales in comparison to quite possibly the greatest cross-genre cover of all-time from down undah. Yes, it technically came out yesterday, but idc, The Wiggles performed fellow continent/countryman, Tame Impala's "Elephant" on Australia's Triple J Like a Version, and it kicks like a Kangaroo.
My roommate sent me the video this morning, and I was trying to blog it all day at work from my phone, but the Weebly app was making about as much sense as a $7.25 federal minimum wage. Random parts of old blogs merged into it. I didn't type a word of this today. So fucking weird and frustrating when you're trying to be a professional and get stuff out in a timely manner!
If you're a returning reader, you know how much I loooove cross-genre covers. Well, this one might be the most surprising one yet when you consider how far apart these two are on the musical spectrum, but it surprisingly works really well and sounds fairly authentic to the real thing.
Maybe it's just because I couldn't stop laughing at the elephant head and have a soft spot for keytars, but I was not expecting the fucking Wiggles to be such talented musicians. They're not just goofing around with an acoustic guitar like Andy Dwyer; this is actually put together really well like appliances in the 1940s. I think Kevin Parker would be proud. Plus, those baritone verses were awesome! The kids must love that guy.
I just cannot get over how well The Wiggles performed. I never really got into them; I was just getting to that "I'm too cool for kids stuff" age when they crossed over to the U.S. I was not expecting to like this so much. I hope it gets released on Apple Music. I loved how they just couldn't help but throw some fruit salad in. In an interview with Triple J, Emma Wiggle said they picked the song because The Wiggles love animals. I mean, how perfect is that?
Tame Impala is on my Mount Rushmore of most listened to artists 2015-present; I love them. I have a Currents tapestry on my wall like the biggest cliche stoner of all-time, but honestly, "Elephant" is one of my least favorite songs by them. Not to be a full music hardo because there's plenty of artists that I love where their most well-known songs are my favorites, but I rarely, if ever, listen to "Elephant". I'm much more of an "Endors Toi", "Mind Mischief" and "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" guy on Lonerism (really everything, except "Elephant"), so I'm a little biased here, but I could see this turning into a Nine Inch Nails-Johnny Cash situation. Sorry, Kevin, "Elephant" is no longer a Tame Impala song; it's a Wiggles song.