Apocalypstick's ApocaLIST If Indie Bands Covered Disney Songs Almie Rose

I’m sorry, but who were those jerks who said money can’t buy you happiness? It wasn’t The Beatles; they said money can’t buy you love and I agree with that. But money can definitely buy you happiness. Think it doesn’t? Tell that to the women in Sephora. If I had money I would buy a tasty little Spyder like the one James Dean had. But unlike James Dean, I wouldn’t, uh, crash to death in it.

If I had ridiculous sums of money I think another fun thing to do would put together an album of Disney songs as reinterpreted by Indie bands. (NOTE: MY DEFINITION OF INDIE IS PRETTY LOSE AND FAIRLY MAINSTREAM. DEAL WITH IT.) You know, just because I could. It would look something like this:

1.) ‘Hakuna Matata’ (The Lion King) — Vampire Weekend

This is perfect, right? You can already hear them singing this in your head, can’t you? Let Vampire Weekend inflict their stolen Paul Simon sound on ‘Hakuna Matata’ because it would be so right.

2.) ‘Part Of Your World’ (The Little Mermaid) — Girls

Have you gotten on the Girls train yet? Why the hell not? Tickets are free, there’s plenty of room and there’s even a cute little dessert cart that comes down the aisle. This is what I’ve gathered from reading about trains, as I haven’t been on a train in a few years and it was more like a glorified subway car and I took too many Xanax and slammed my head against the metal ledge on the window. Gosh, I love Girls! “I’ve got gadgets and gismos a plenty”, I can hear Christopher Owens moan. Girls isn’t made up of real girls but don’t tell me that they couldn’t convey the heartache that Ariel felt, because they totally could.

3.) Theme From Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade — MGMT

If you’re a fan of Disneyland, you either find the Main Street Electrical Parade music charming or extremely irritating. If you’re a fan of modern music, you either find the music of MGMT charming or extremely irritating. It’s a match made in keyboard heaven! Don’t know what the theme sounds like? Look it up! I’m sure it’s on YouTube somewhere. Don’t make me do everything for you. I’m not your nanny. I never had a nanny. I had a Guatemalan housekeeper named Grace and she loved us. That’s even better.

4.) ‘Colors Of The Wind’ (Pocahontas) — Bjork

Is this too obvious? Okay, tell you what. If you still need convincing, I will do a quick little video of me as Bjork doing this song. I know, right? I’m like the drunk girl at a party who’s shouting to no one, “DON’T make me show you my boobs!!!!” and then takes off her shirt to the sounds of silence.

5.) ‘Kiss The Girl’ (The Little Mermaid) — M. Ward

I like M. Ward’s version of ‘Let’s Dance’. If he can turn ‘Let’s Dance’ into a haunting song about love and destruction and add seagull noises that actually only add to the strange beauty of it, think of what he could do with an already tender song about really wanting to kiss a girl, “floating in a blue lagoon”? Guys… I think I just fainted a little.

6.) ‘Cruella DeVille’ (The 101 Dalmatians) — She & Him

But really, how perfect would our girl Zooey’s old time jazzy voice sound on this track? I say track because that’s what people in music say. I know this because I’ve seen Spinal Tap a few times. “We say, ‘Love your brother.’ We don’t say it really, but…” “We don’t literally say it.” “No, we don’t say it.” “We don’t really, literally mean it.” “No, we don’t believe it either, but…” “But we’re not racists.” “But that message should be clear, anyway.” “We’re anything but racists.”

7.) ‘Once Upon A Dream’ (Sleeping Beauty) — Camera Obscura

I can already hear some of you muttering, “Oh, yeah, Camera Obscura, so indie, Apolcaypstick… for 2004! Lame.” To that I say, get back to fixing Lost, J. J. Abrams.

8.) ‘Let’s Go Fly A Kite’ (Mary Poppins) — Charlotte Gainsbourg (with Beck producing)

With her perfect diction and almost wispy voice I think Charlotte Gainsbourg could make a fun, if eerie, production out of this. P.S. OH GOD ANTICHRIST!

9.) ‘I Won’t Say I’m In Love’ (Hercules) — Dum Dum Girls

I don’t know much about these here Dum Dum Girls but I love their latest album and I think their fuzzy beach rock would improve this already kick ass song that I maybe sing really loudly in my car. I’m thinking they would slow it down a little, stick a tambourine in there, and it’s a hit. On the blogs.

10.) ‘Gaston’ (Beauty and the Beast) — ???

TRICK QUESTION as there is no band/singer out there that would do justice to this amazing song. Can you think of one?

Image found at http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/hipster-mermaid-hipster-ariel Originally posted (with some changes) at apocalypstick.com.

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  1. These are my Gaston suggestions: Cabin, Magnet, or Belle and Sebastian. But that last one was only for the Belle connection and after reading the comments I third Pulp.

  2. My Chemical Romance for “Gaston”! They would be perfect. I can totally hear them screaming “No one FIGHTS LIKE GASTOOON!”

  3. Beirut could totally pull of Gaston. Very French and with plenty of gusto!

  4. i think a childish gambino remix of gaston would be killer

  5. Adam Green for Gaston!

  6. I reckon Nick Cave would do a great Gaston cover! Really dark and a bit weird.

  7. I second Pulp for Gaston. Nice pick with MGMT – I’m on the irritating side…

  8. I would buy this album in a heartbeat! I still like singing along to the original disney songs. “look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?” does that make me a nerd? Yes? Then I gladly accept my nerdiness! I love this and I like you for thinking of it! Brilliant.

    Anonymous | 6/30/2011 05:06 pm
  9. i’m kind of a fan of the idea of edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros doing gaston. :) strange i’m sure. and i want this album. seriously. who’s making this? don’t they realize there’s a market?!

  10. I would like that She and Him covered He is a Tramp from the lady and the tramp!

  11. Hahaha yes ladies, these suggestions in the comments are gold. My vote goes in for The Dear Hunter or (and?! I have room in my heart for both!) Gogol Bordello to cover Gaston. Brilliant post, totally fun and spot-on!

  12. YES! YES! I love this.

  13. Gogol Bordello would rock Gaston!

  14. Have you heard Tom Waits’ version of “Hi Ho?” It’s all you would expect it to be.

  15. Zooey!!! Please do!!!!!

  16. Gaston….hmmm…..Michael Buble….hehehe. John Mayer has a similar gaston-y thing goin on (sans the muscles). Chris Brown or Kanye, maybe….

  17. I think Dr. Dog could handle Gaston, no sweat.

  18. can we make this happen?

  19. LOVE this list so freaking much!! Also,if you paint Ariel’s hair black,she totally looks like Zooey…GOL

  20. Spot on! I can totally hear Bjork covering “Colors of the Wind” in my head now.

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