Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Weird Cover Wednesday: About A Girl
Everything about this trippy cover of Nirvana's "About A Girl" by the Cibo Matto drips of the hipster scene. One can imagine the song drifting from a small downtown club amidst the smoke of foreign cigarettes. The streets are wet from a light, early morning rain, the taxi cabs are blowing their horns and the kids are all dressed in black. On the stage are two cooler-than-thou Japanese ex-pats. Their pitch tends to wander with the song, but that really doesn't matter. This is all about the attitude. These crazy girls have it in spades.
The Brazilian jazz piano opening is oddly reminiscent of the "Sex and the City" theme song. For a brief, shining moment, Cibo Matto held court in downtown Manhattan. Hell, Sean Ono Lennon was their bassist for a time. But like last year's fashions, the girls have moved on. They split up the band and moved on to other exceedingly hip endeavors. This cover of Kurt Cobain's first "pop" song is a fine souvenir of the trip.