1989: A Literary Tribute to Father John Mistys Cover (via the Velvet Underground) or Ryan Adams Cover of Taylor Swifts 1989 Album by Nathan FanOnce upon a time, there was a Taylor Swift who released a 1989 album. With hits such as Welcome to New York and Blank Space, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams was inspired to cover said 1989 album, which then sparked Father John Misty to cover Ryan Adams cover in the style of the Velvet Underground, which then sparked these writers to cover the 1989 album again, but with short stories. Ms. Swifts 1989 album has inspired post-apocalyptic tales (OUT OF THE WOODS, BAD BLOOD), bildungsroman fairy tales (HOW YOU GET THE GIRL, CLEAN), and Murakami-esque prose labyrinths (STYLE, THIS LOVE). There are stories of marriage and suicide (BLANK SPACE), of God and laughter (WELCOME TO NEW YORK), of dreams and dolls (I WISH YOU WOULD), of manic and depressed (SHAKE IT OFF), of sexuality, death, and teddy bears (WILDEST DREAMS); also featuring references to Flannery OConnor (ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS STAY) and the Quietest Place on Earth (I KNOW PLACES). Its been our honor and privilege to make this. Special thanks to Ms. Swift, Fr. Misty, the Venerable Mr. Reed, and yeah, even the washed-up Mr. Adams. DISCLAIMER: The short stories are in no way based on Ms. Swifts lyrics or personality and there is absolutely zero copyright infringement intended.
Father John Misty: "I Believe I Can Fly"
Father John Misty says he covered Ryan Adams covering Taylor Swift to troll the media
Equally homage and interpretation, a cover song references as much as it reimagines. After all, Tillman is the man who describes himself as a "self-styled satirist, provocateur, philosopher, and culture warrior. Adams styled to sound like Bruce Springsteen-era Nebraska mixed with the Smiths. Performing as Father John Misty, Tillman has never pretended his onstage persona is anything other than an affected performance designed to achieve the very verbs he transitions into identities—satirize, provoke, philosophize, and fight the cultural plateau. Recall if you will his Spotify session, where he showed up with a mobile karaoke machine that played his newest releases as MIDI songs.
Tuesday, Tillman issued a lengthy statement on why he pulled the tracks: Lou Reed came to him in a dream. I had a very strange dream that I abruptly woke up from around 3am early this morning. I was crab-walking around a neighborhood in New Orleans that, though it does not exist, is a recurring location in my dreams. A crowd which had formed around me began to sing along, with tears streaming down their faces. The crowd was obviously hypnotized and I assumed if I crept away discreetly no one would notice. All of a sudden it was time to soundcheck, which I was late for, and Barack Obama offered to give me a ride on Air Force One. He told me he needed urgent advice regarding some important policy decisions, and we spent the day in Hawaii playing basketball, petting his dogs, golfing and the like when I, gripped with anxiety, told him I really needed to get to soundcheck so we needed to discuss the ruling of the free world.