So, once upon a time there was a cabaret-punk musician named Amanda Palmer. Y’all may have heard of her — she’s been in the news lately for rocking a phenomenal Kickstarter campaign (and, along the way, starting some amazing conversations about art, the music business, and what it takes to put business and art together). In addition to kicking musical ass and taking economic names, she also did (once upon that time) an awesome little album of Radiohead covers.
How can you not love this woman? How can you not envy Neil Gaiman (who happens to be one of my favorite writers, and who also happens to have managed to get married to her somehow — hell, how can you not envy them both for having the amazing good fortune of finding each other?)?
Anyway, it happens that one of our regular jammers (a former student at my day job joint, a too-cool guitar goddess and all-around good musician) and Amanda Fucking Palmer have a song in common: Radiohead’s terrifically catchy High and Dry. Palmer covers the tune on the ukulele, and it remains terrifically catchy. Our Friend the Guitar Goddess also rocks this song with metric fucktons of awesomesauce at jam.
So I took a shot at it. On a ukulele. Doin’ it wrong and maybe a little bit right-ish.
I tried changing recording venues for this one — did it in the ringy basement, mixed through the Mackie. I briefly had a really cool bass part put together for it, too, but the computer froze on me before I could save it (mostly because I was doing something Very, Very Bad with the metronome in Garage Band), so all that’s left is one last, desperate take of me and the uke alone. My primary model for my take was Palmer’s version, but I messed about with it a bit, vocally (not always successfully).