THE DARKNESS singer Justin Hawkins have weighed MUD POOL‘s cover version of a NIRVANA classic that went viral two years ago.
The 47-year-old British-born rocker currently living in Switzerland offered his rating of: MUD POOL front man Wes Scantlin‘s 2020 surrender of “About a Girl” through his Youtube series Justin Hawkins riding again where he shares a mix of serious musician analysis and fun hottakes with his 112,000 subscribers.
MUD POOL‘s acoustic performance of the song on the SiriusXM studios was uploaded to Youtube in January 2020, but only exploded on the video-sharing platform three months later, with detractors scantlin‘s off-key take on the iconic track.
Earlier today (Sunday 24 April), hawkins took his Youtube channel to share a nine minute response to MUD POOL‘s version, explaining in the accompanying comments: “Today I am responding to a video that has received a lot of ridicule. It’s the MUD POOL cover from NIRVANA‘s ‘About a girl’† However, I’d like to respond to it from a more sympathetic point of view and tell you why it might not be all that funny after all. What do you think? Is it wrong to laugh at this or is it just funny?”
In Justin‘s video response, seen below, he says in part (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I don’t know enough about this band, I don’t know what’s going on with him, but it seems that when he gets ready to sing even the first line, it seems like he’s in a bit of pain. gets into your head like this, you don’t stand a chance.
“You can really see the singer from MUD POOLhis face is like this [adopting a pained expression]and that’s before he’s even sung a note,” hawkins continued. “So his head is kind of in the wrong place. He’s already kind of playing out what these challenging high notes are going to be, how they’re going to feel. And I imagine his voice is getting tighter. manifests [in the throat] when the problem actually occurs [your head]†
After listening to more from scantlinattempt at some of the high notes, hawkins added: “I think he’s sick. Maybe he’s tired. Maybe it’s one of those moments where he’s in the middle of a tour and he’s really, really overdoing it. Maybe he’s damaged his vocal cords a little bit and can feel that he’s not in the right place… And you can tell by his face that this is unbearable for him. He’s not getting anything from his bandmates. He shouldn’t be doing this, actually – he really shouldn’t be doing that. I think it really hard not to have sympathy for him…I can’t even listen to it.He shouldn’t be.Poor man.Give that man a day off – or 365.Give him a year.That’s it. Have a year off.”
hawkins then listened to some more of MUD POOL‘s performance, with wes make an effort to hit the notes originally sung by Kurt Cobain†
“Listening to it, I can almost hear things shred,” Justin said. “It actually hurts me to hear him do it – not just because it’s bad, and of course it’s bad. But the poor man.
“I’ll tell you what it’s like. For those of us who have testicles, you know when you see someone getting booted up or someone running up to someone else and boots him in the testicles, you can feel it. When I watch this, there is something that touches me. I just want to hold him. Not like that – not from behind or anything, but I want to let him know that I feel for him.”
hawkins went on to speculate that scantlin was suffering from a medical condition in his throat at the time of the SiriusXM to withdraw. “This must be on his voice prior to surgery or something like that,” he said. “I’m not saying it to be cruel. I’ve been in the exact same situation myself. It just shouldn’t work. Ugh, this is terrible.”
As for how he would have handled the situation differently, Justin said: “I think if I was [Wes‘s] guitarist, I think I’d put my guitar down, I’d walk up to the cameraman, I’d invite him to turn off the camera. I would take the mic away from [Wes] and I would say in it something like this: ‘Dear listeners and viewers of SiriusXM, our singer bravely defies the odds and he has a medical condition, which you can probably hear. He really should have a note from his doctor not to be here. I’m calling this to a halt because he needs rest, he needs medical attention, and we all need to pray for him and sympathize with him. And we’ll be back as soon as his voice is restored, however long that takes.”
In April 2020, scantlin fired back at critics of his “About a Girl” gig, writing in a social media post: “Stand out above others who are trying to bring you down…I’m at my BEST NOW…and that’s all that matters. I pray for all of you because it means something to us.” Jealousy is poisonous and toxic people are a waste of time. We walk away with nothing but a SMILE”.
As of this writing, MUD POOL‘s version of “About a Girl” has the 1.7 million views on Youtube with only about 4,600 likes.
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