ContactMusic.com reports that Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, along with the not-so-mentioned front-man for MGMT, Andrew VanWyngraden, have been working together on a cover of The Beatles’ iconic tune, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” in Oklahoma. That really is the very newsworthy part. However, it seems that the majority of people are more interested in the idea that this 21-year-old former Disney Channel star and now Pop-Icon was “rolling a joint” when they were in the studio.
While I would love to go on and on about that, what really is the story is that the cover of the song is actually quite lovely to hear. Seriously – their rendition is quite lovely. While not sounding too “mainstream,” TFL’s Wayne Coyne, with MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden, and yes, Ms. Miley herself, have collaborated and have brought together this instance of music which is one of the best covers of this tune that has hit the world.
Yet, we are not reading about that. Instead we are reading about how Cyrus rolled a joint and was very, very stoned while recording this tune. The things that she does to get where she needs to, as far as getting into the energy that is the music, namely music by The Beatles, are right in line with what anyone her age would be doing to get into the mood and into the swing of things. That is beside the point. The cover is not brash, and it is not something that too many people would or might expect out of her outside of the idea that the world’s once beloved Hannah Montanna has become her own woman now, and is making headlines for her artistic abilities, and no, rolling joints, while it can be an art in the right company, is not the ability that I am talking about. There are not a lot of “Disney-Kid Divas” on the planet who can claim to the stardom that she has enjoyed, just as much as one very popular songstress, Christina Aguilera.
I am not a great big fan of Miley, neither of The Flaming Lips, or MGMT, but The Beatles have been a favorite of mine for many years. From a fan’s perspective, I cannot say anything awful about this cover. It is as beautifully light and airy, and as hard hitting, as the original, and for the life of me, I can think of no better weirdos to cover such a tune as these three. Their combined eccentricities and the fact that we know this about them all is what makes this cover something that everyone on the planet should hear at least one time.
There are a whole lot of people not very happy with who is covering this tune, but that doesn’t matter. For this listener and lifelong music fan of all genres, it isn’t awful at all.