The mutual admiration society is now a three-way.
First, Taylor Swift put out an album called “1989” that sold very well. Then, rocker Ryan Adams covered it song-by-song for his own album, “1989,” which also sold well.
Now, a husband-and-wife band called Babeland has recorded Swift-esque cover versions of Adams’ “Love is Hell” album into “1989 is Hell” — and Adams is on board!
Babetown is married musicians Jessica Leibowitz and Danny Ross.
“I LOVE YOU @babetowntheband These covers are SO RAD!!” Adams tweeted after the first three songs were posted to Soundcloud. The full LP comes out on Aug. 31.
The duo — Jessica Leibowitz and Danny Ross — recorded and mixed the 13-track album from their Greenpoint apartment with Leibowitz on vocals and Ross doing everything else.
Adams’ “This House is Not for Sale” is reimagined along the lines of Swift’s “Style,” Adams’ cover of Oasis’ “Wonderwall” now sounds like Swift’s “Wildest Dreams,” and “The Shadowlands” has an “Out of the Woods” feel.
“It’s a funny concept, and we felt someone had to do it — but it very quickly became an artistic exploration into pop music that changed us,” Ross said. “We started as a rock band with 1960s influences, and through this project learned the vocabulary of Top 40 music — now we’re infusing it into our original songs. Like students painting the masterpieces at art museums, we studied ‘1989.’”
Ryan Adams shared his support via Instagram.
(Misterryanadams via instagram)
No word from Swift yet, but she certainly loved Adams’ “1989” last year. When word broke of the rocker’s plan, Swift gushed via Twitter, “Is this true??????? I WILL PASS OUT.”
Ross said he doesn’t need Swift to notice, though it would be nice.
“Our album ‘1989 is HELL’ is our love letter to both artists,” Ross said. “Ryan’s enthusiasm for the album has been so kind, we’re hopeful that Taylor will hear it and feel the same way.”