You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end.
Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative.
William S. Burroughs
I have no knowledge of why Eef Barzelay, Brendan Fitzpatrick, and Ben Martin chose Clem Snide as the name of their group (a character included in many of Burroughs’ novels). I was not there for the beginning.
Fan Chosen Covers is a duplet in which Clem Snide emotionally tackles a catalog of pop/metal/rock/folk tracks, transforming them in the process into wonderful works of art. You may know the songs on this album, but you don’t know the versions. These representations are stark, stripped to naked bones stark. Once the chaff is stripped away, we find, exposed, a gilded frame – a raw perfect nudity – and the genius of its creator is revealed.
The next time you want a pop song stuck, rattling ’round your head, listen to the Clem Snide version, they will impress you at a minimum and will most likely come to supplant the originals after an enjoyable listen or two.
Everything is recorded, and if it is recorded, then it can be edited.
And now you know.
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***Update via Twitter:
@PaisleyTunes… The name clem snide was chosen a long long time ago for no particular reason.
@PaisleyTunes Thanks for those kind vibrant words about me. The name clem snide was chosen a long long time ago for no particular reason.
— Eef Barzelay (@eefbarzelay) May 25, 2013
Double and now you know.