Ok. I am still reeling from my first listening of this cover a few days ago, and subsequent listenings have not helped to sort out any of my emotions surrounding it. I know this column is supposed to highlight the best covers, and this might be one, but it also might be just awful, or something in between. Mostly, it confused me in a sort of did-I-just-wander-into-an-alternate-universe kind of way.
And I'm not sure why, exactly. Sure, this poses one of Wilco's finest and most endearing songs in an entirely different genre and feel, but on the list of Things That Are True About Cover Songs, #1 is officially, "The best covers re-interpret songs," so that should only add more points to the "awesome" column for old JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound. Further, he does a lovely little jaunt in the middle from "Theologians," which is clever and subtle.
So maybe it's the video, which undeniably resembles one of those GAP ads from the earlier part of this decade (how happy can a striped sweater make you?), and the way he cheesily slides his arms around those two girls when he sings "I wanna hold you in the Bible-black pre-dawn," which makes me cringe. And I wish he would stop acting out all of the actions he's singing about. This isn't my fourth-grade living-room-choreographed dance to "Baby One More Time." (Thank God). And wait, I'm sorry, did he FACE SWIPE THOSE GIRLS? What?! Let's take a closer look:
Yikes, JC. You may have lost me as a fan forever. Let me know if you guys had the same experience in the comments!