Note: I made some edits to the original post because I wasn’t aware of how charged a response people would have to the cover. I’m still all for sharing both songs, I’ll leave you to make you decision on if you like her interpretation.
They have a ‘Like a Version’ segment on one of their shows that revolves around covers (like Abbe May’s cover of Genuine’s Pony). Courtney Barnett chose to cover Kanye West’s BLKKK SKKKN HEAD (aka black skinhead), a bold choice.
When I saw that she was going for that song, I was wondering how this psychedelic, surf rock chick was going to manage a Kanye song — I mean I’m a huge fan of the original and how would she tackle some of those lyrics… ei yi yi. Take a listen to both the cover and original below:
If you want to hear more music from Courtney Barnett, take a listen to her A Sea Of Split Peas EP below.
Every song sounds like it’s supposed to be in a surf movie, and I’m not mad at that.