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.