Father John Misty's Taylor Swift Covers Are Gone, But Not Because of Her
Less than 24 hours after Father John Misty posted two Taylor Swift covers in the style of Lou Reed/The Velvet Underground to his SoundCloud, his versions of 1989 tracks "Welcome to New York" and "Blank Space" have disappeared from his SoundCloud.
Why they were taken down is a mystery for now -- Billboard reached out to Misty's camp but hasn't heard back -- we do know one thing: Taylor Swift had nothing to do with the covers getting swiftly scrubbed from SoundCloud, according to a reliable source inside Taylor's camp.
The sardonic indie maestro originally posted two Taylor covers on Monday (Sept. 21) afternoon, cheekily satirizing Ryan Adams' front-to-back cover of Swift's blockbuster album 1989. His "Blank Space" was reworked in the context of the Velvets' landmark "Waiting for the Man," while "Welcome to New York" was dead-on Lou Reed street swagger.
The hysterical covers probably weren't meant in good fun, though. According to Stereogum, Misty tweeted-and-deleted "what a dumb world" on Monday, as well as, "In the studio working on a song for song reinterpretation of Ryan Adams 1989, gonna be great! Ryan's amazing! #SoPsyched."
Adams, on the other hand, was quite earnest with his Swift cover album; in turn, Swift repeatedly praised his interpretations of her material. In a recent interview with Billboard, Adams spoke about some unreleased demos he and Swift recorded around the time of Red.