Ah, the Interwebtron!

One of the greatest things about modern technology is that just anyone can record and publish themselves, with or without any credit beyond the will to do so and a handfull of relatively cheap tech, without being accountable to anyone else. One of the most horrible things about modern technology is that just anyone can record and publish themselves, with or without any credit beyond the will to do so and a handfull of relatively cheap tech, without being accountable to anyone else. Erin has said that I should watch My Little Pony on one occasion or another. See, the problem is that as a Lady Gaga fan, if I also became a brony, I’d have what’s left of my man card confiscated forever.

Regardless of any of that, I had a sudden urge to listen to the Born This Way CD while I was emailing, which has become my Monday work routine. Thank God for YouTube! And between emails, I discovered that there are enough Lady Gaga covers floating around YouTube to gag a horse! Therefore, as one of the unchecked jackasses on the interwebtron, I’ve compiled Teh Official, Unofficial, Born This Way Fan Tribute Album!!!1!!. Check it out! I think this one is really good, and the spirit matches the original even if the style is quite modified. If I wasn’t already familiar with the song, I would have my doubts that it was actually a Gaga piece:

And this one is just so sweet. Ironically, the title song is my least favorite on the CD. But, putting it in a child’s voice gives it new relevance, not at all unlike Johnny Cash’s rendition of “Hurt”, or Young @ Heart’s cover of “Fix You”. Anyway, this young lady does a great job with the material:

This next one is so close to the original, but it does have some new flavors from the artists’ personal touches that it works into a nice little cover. To all of you thinking of covering others’ work, this ain’t a bad way to do it:

Don’t do it like this though, unless you’re going for the comedic value. Which I don’t think that’s what this guy was going for:

I will give this dude an honorable mention actually. Apparently, he got a hold of the lyrics before the music or recordings were out, and he ran with them and a good helping of personal creativity. Which makes it less of a cover or remake than like a premake or something. Anyway. Shalalala!!!!:

There are a bunch of accoustic covers running around, but this one has a particular energy and charm that some of the others lack:

Of course, I can’t accuse this next one of lack of energy or charm. She has impressive mastery of the language that brought us the phrase “besame mucho”. Close your eyes and you’ll forget this girl is a white blonde:

I like this one for its simplicity. The artistic liberties that she took are respectful and appropriate to the original. And her look makes me kind of believe that it’s true for her:

And this is just fun. It would make a good back track for a car chase scene with machine guns. Don’t feel like you have to go through the whole three minutes. It does get a little repetitive:

And this girl has a charming little voice. She reminds me of a cross between Nataly Dawn from Pomplamoose and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. Again, artistic license used well:

I couldn’t find much on “Bad Kid” that did much for me. Although this is not bad, I wish this kid would express a little more in the performance. The technical bobble a the 0:43 mark really gets to me too:

This gal has a lot of talent. She’s posted several song covers to YouTube. She needs better monitors as she has some tonal issues in some of her videos although it’s not a consistent problem. I’d also like to see a little more interesting interpretation on the guitar part. Still, she’s worth a listen:

And of course someone would do a metal version of “Heavy Metal Lover”! He does a nice job of it too, IMHO:

And this is just creative and funny. I’m not sure I really get the point of the video, but I may have to watch it while I’m not doing something else when I get a chance:

My hands-down favorite song on the CD is “You and I”. The best cover of this song that I could find on YouTube in five minutes of searching is the version by Jenny Lane and Adam Stanton, but I can’t embed their video. And Kalifornia? Seriously? Soooooo, I’ll just embed Savannah Outen’s cover of this song instead, which is also excellent:

One of the problems that I keep running into is that most dudes who decide to do a Lady Gaga cover come across more queer than Elton John singing Lady Gaga. I don’t have a problem with them being queer per se, but nobody should ever come across as more of a cupcake than Sir Elton Herculese John. This guy, on the other hand, does a nice job with this song. I could make complaints about the stylistic lilting that’s so popular right now, and I could make fun of his rolled sleeves, popped collar and feaux-hawk, but after the “Government Hooker” guy from above, I don’t really see the point. Enjoy:

So, there you have it. If you have made it this far and actually listened to all of that and followed every link, I salute you!

UPDATE: As to the little girl singing “Born This Way”, it turns out I’m not the only one who noticed:

5 thoughts on “Ah, the Interwebtron!

  1. Every guy thinks that the moment he watches My Little Pony, his testicles will shrivel up and fall off. This simply isn’t the case. There are big, macho dudes who love MLP.

    Or put another way: are you man enough to make your own decisions? Or are you going to let fear of what others think of you affect what you do?

  2. Erin, I’ll have you know that I do all the MANLY stuff in this house, like the cooking and sewing! ‘Sides that, the TV tuner hasn’t worked in six months.

  3. Oh, I can fix that nasty “Our TV doesn’t get it” problem.

    BAM.

    Every episode ever released, in Hi Def. And as soon as new ones air, they have them on the site within 24 hours.

    Hoofbump! ^_^ /) (\ ^_^

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