Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Scene Aesthetic Cover Taylor Swift [Tonight at Rcktwn]

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 9:03 AM

If a band called The Scene Aesthetic comes to town, I guess I'm kinda obliged to at least mention them, right? They play tonight at Rcktwn with The Color Fred and The Ready Set.

Quick aside: The other day, I was thinking about the Shangri-Las' "Out in the Streets" (co-written by the late, great Ellie Greenwich), a particularly wonderful song which is sung from a female perspective, about a boy who's a bit wild. Another of my favorite bands, Versus, covered that song on their themed EP Shangri-La; their version is from a male perspective. And that's more or less the standard: Change the pronoun to fit your heteronormative world view--women sing about being in love with men, men about women.

So. Here's The Scene Aesthetic covering Taylor Swift's "Love Story," the original version of which, of course, is sung from the perspective of Juliet. Changing that perspective is not as easy as changing "he" to "she," so the guys just go with it. Which is kind of awesome. And also sort of pandering to 15-year-old girls, which might be kind of creepy. I'm on the fence here. Thoughts?

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