July 21st, 2010
|12:06 pm - Mad World|
So there's this song called Mad World.
I like it, it kind of takes me back to my angsty, super-cynical teenage days, but in a good way.
It shows up on multiple Pandora stations that I listen to fairly regularly. Today my Zoe Keating station played me a different cover of it by Alex Parks (youtube-link), so I googled it to see who the original artist was. I'd assumed that it was written by Gary Jules (youtube-link), but it turns out that his version is a slowed down cover of an old Tears for Fears song! (youtube-link)
Then I found the wikipedia entry for it... turns out a LOT of people have covered it.
In addition to the Andrews/Jules version, "Mad World" has been recorded over the years by the following artists:
French artist Nicola Sirkis, frontman of the new wave band Indochine, on his solo album Dans La Lune... (1992)
American industrial rock band Kill Switch...Klick, on the Cleopatra Records compilation New Wave Goes To Hell (1998)
German DJ Pulsedriver's popular remix of Nu Romantix's cover, on the compilation album Dos Or Die Fresh Cuts (2001)
American alternative rock band Finch, on their EP Rolling Stone Acoustic Session (2002)
British singer-songwriter Alex Parks, on her debut album, Introduction (2003)
American industrial act Brainclaw, (2004)
American metalcore band Evergreen Terrace, on their album Writer's Block (2004)
German punk rock band Die Toten Hosen, on their live DVD Rock am Ring 2004 (2004)
Polish gothic rock band Closterkeller, on their EP Reghina (2004)
Australian art rock band The Red Paintings, on their EP Walls (2005)
German DJ Jan Wayne, on his single "Mad World" (2005)
American singer-songwriter Sara Hickman, on her double album Motherlode (2006)
Canadian rock bassist Ken Tizzard, on his album Quiet Storey House... An Introduction (2006)
German a cappella group Wise Guys, on their album Radio (2006)
American dark cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls featuring Trash McSweeney, on their live DVD Live at the Roundhouse (2007)
Canadian folk-singer Tara MacLean, on her EP Signs of Life (2007) and her album Wake (2008)
German vocal band Gregorian, on their album Masters of Chant Chapter VI (2007)
Italian dark wave band SPECTRA*paris, a side project of Kirlian Camera, on their album Dead Models Society (2007)
Canadian jazz singer Shannon Butcher, on her album Words We Both Could Say (2008)
Israeli actress/singer Melanie Peres, on the soundtrack to the movie Lost Islands (2008)
Norwegian singer Erlend Bratland, on his debut album True Colors (2008)
Swedish blackened death metal band Zonaria, on their second album The Cancer Empire (2008)
Italian singer-songwriter Elisa, on her sixth album Heart (2009)
British Dj Andy Hunter released a remix of "Mad World" as a single
American operatic soprano Renée Fleming, on her 2010 album Dark Hope
The Dresden Dolls (youtube), Brainclaw (industrial)(direct mp3 link), Zonaria (Swedish blackened death metal)(youtube-link), Gregorian (yes, chant)(youtube-link), Pulsedriver (youtube-link)(euro-techno)...
Now I feel the need to track down all the different versions.
If you want the Tears for Fears version, I have the CD.
the intartubes are magic, edited post with links already.
yup! and I'm fond of the Ken Tizzard version personally.
but I didn't realize there were THAT many versions. now I want to hear them all too. :)
I put links to all the ones I mentioned (not the whole list) in the post, check em out.
I just don't recommend looking up Ken Tizzard's regular stuff. I found it to be very boring and nothing like his cover song! XD
Yup, Jules (and his partner) made it re-famous it looks like. It was, in fact, on said soundtrack.
ok, that's totally bizarre, because i was listening to my trip-hop station this morning, got the same cover, and did the same "huh, who was this originally" search :)
Get out of my head woman!
oh doubtless, that's just the wikipedia list.
|Date:||July 21st, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)|| |
As copy-pasted above, Zonaria is "blackened death metal"... which really intrigues me FAR more than 'black/death metal'...
Spicy Cajun death metal... Hm.
True, I shortened for brevity and the fact that I was editing in a hurry. I too was fascinated by the concept of "blackened death metal..."
i also like "sweedish". "sweeeeeeeeeeeeeedish."
|Date:||July 21st, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)|| |
The song is creepy as hell and really is _the_ tonal song for the movie. I can't listen to any other cover now without making the mental comparison.
That said, a lot of TFF was really downer music to begin with.
This song will forever be in my head as the Donnie Darko theme, even though I'd heard it long before then.
|Date:||July 21st, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)|| |
It's a wonderful song. While I certainly knew the Tears for Fears version, I think my favorite remains the Andrews/Jules version. Clearly it struck a chord that so many people felt drawn to it and spoken to by it!
I would LOVE to hear Renée Flemming's version...she is amazing.
|Date:||July 22nd, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)|| |
The Tears For Fears boys always wrote really intense music. The lyrical content was often obscured by the pop sound of the times.
|Date:||July 22nd, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)|| |
I think Tears for Fears did a slower live version also, but maybe I'm thinking of the Gary Jules version.
It never occurred to me that this was the song you were talking about though :) 198...2?
|Date:||January 22nd, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)|| |
I would love to hear the Renée Fleming version! Her voice is just stunning.
hah, indeed. I grabbed a copy of it from the guy who wrote it, I have a little dropbox folder of various Mad World versions. ;)