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If Indie Bands Covered Disney Songs

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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/schmami Sami Cappa

    This list is fantastic! I seriously want to hear these bands cover these songs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathryncwood Katie Wood

    I think Pulp could do a wicked version of Gaston.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alyssa.wible Alyssa Renee Wible


  • http://www.facebook.com/valerie.huerta1 Valerie Yvonne Huerta


  • http://www.facebook.com/jkriscunas Jenn Kriscunas

    What’s weird is on that on your “Kiss the Girls” track I’m hearing M. Ward, but in a Jamaican accent.


    • http://www.facebook.com/megaounce Megan Younce

      I was thinking the saame thing

  • http://www.facebook.com/Cupcakesomg Melissa Herald.

    lol, i love this whole post. and i’ll say this: i didn’t know SEVERAL of these bands. are you saying i’m not even “not cool?” whatever, I’m so not not cool it’s not even cool. Huzzah!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000069243973 Kili Goodrich

      For shame you didnt know most of them..just kidding =)
      well youve been introduced to them now. LOVE them..I mean how could you not
      she & him i know you have to know them. But most of these bands are legit some of the best indie bands. pure amazing-ness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pchandler1 Paul Chandler

    The Replacements did a cool version of Cruella DeVille on Hal Willner’s Disney project which was called Stay Awake. It also had Tom Waits and folks who may have been indie once.


    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1377480054 Corie Scibelli

      aaron neville? i would pay good money for this on vinyl.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erinelisesmith Erin Richardson Smith

    This is perfect! Where can I sign the petition to get these bands to cover these songs?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6009658 Estela Magana

    We should totally start a Kickstarter Campaign to make this happen! I love it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=653208064 Jordan Hartley

    The Dear Hunter could easily handle Gaston. Are they indie?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamille.skywalker Jamille Ramos

    Totally agree. Also I’m in love with the Ariel picture.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amanda.assalone Amanda Assalone

    I absolutely love this idea!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=703711441 Guillaume Pepin

    Devotchka can make a great version of Gaston!

  • http://www.facebook.com/wayne.cunningham Wayne Cunningham

    How about Stephen Coates, of The Real Tuesday Weld, for Gaston? That would be a weird mix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenproett Jen Proett

    I could picture all of these perfectly. Thanks for my morning giggle!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rhianna1 Rhianna Fisher

    AMAZING. Someone make it happen!

  • http://www.facebook.com/MelNerd5 Melissa K. Nodurft

    Oh good, I’m not the only fully-grown adult who rocks out to “Won’t Say I’m In Love.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephanieu Stephanie Ulakovic

    totaly up for actualy hearing these for real instead imagining it in my head

  • http://www.facebook.com/shirley.p.morales Shirley Morales

    I totally approve of this list and wish these bands would start working on these covers, stat!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vermilioncinema Heather Taylor

    I would give anything for a Charlotte Gainsbourg & Beck collab on Mary Poppins. ANYTHING.

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