Father John Misty was not happy when Aaron Gibson did a Creed-y cover of his song “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” on The Voice on Tuesday (Nov. 15) night. In a since-deleted Facebook post captured by Pitchfork, the quirky singer digitally tore his long hair out, writing “why God why” in seeming frustration over the Team Miley member’s grungy, choir-backed dude-rock version of the elegant rocker from FJM’s 2012 album Fear Fun.
But, in these turbulent times when so many are searching for some peace and unity, Father John clearly had a change of heart, following up his slam with a series of FB posts with a slightly more positive (and maybe a bit sarcastic) plea for understanding and support. “I am happy for anyone to sing any of my songs and it is more important now than ever that we not be apathetic about who we vote for on game show,” he wrote.
And that wasn’t all. He added: “We must uphold the dignity of the American democratic process no matter how little we like the performers therein.” Okay, so he wasn’t totally rolling it back, but you get the point.
Here’s the original FJM version: