Just when you thought we’d finally managed to shake off the nineties nostalgia and move on into the early 2000’s a wave of soothing sadness appears to crush your ear drums. Ex-Silverchair front-man Daniel Johns took the the stage at Beat the Drum last week and did this John Legendesque cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit.
I’m all for re-imagining classic tracks but this one falls short for me. When the lyrics are delivered in an audible and passionate way my only thought was “How is this cheeze dick keeping a straight face up there?”
If you look in the background you can see the camera guy smiling uncontrollably. I’m unsure as to whether that is because he’s so happy to be so close to the Australian rocker or he thinks this rendition is funny. While I like some of Daniel Johns songs this definitely not one of them.
Honestly, I only made it to the 2:30 mark before I had to shut it off. Did you make it through the whole thing?