Car Seat Headrest took on Frank Ocean’s ‘Ivy’ last year and now they’ve unveiled another unique cover version.
Will Toledo and co. have reimagined The Smiths’ 1985 song ‘That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore’ from the Mancunians’ second album ‘Meat Is Murder.’ They’ve stripped their own usually scuzzy sound back to acoustic guitar and the reverberating, pained voice of Will himself. The raw, no-frills version brings to the fore the track’s themes of depression and empathy, especially when Will sings lines like “Time’s tide will smother you and I will too/ When you laugh at people who feel so very lonely.” Truly haunting.
The cover version comes after the band announced another round of US tour dates, which comes in advance of a bunch of UK and European festival appearances. If Will decides to break this one out, better make sure you’ve got a spare tissue.
Listen to their cover of ‘That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore’ below.