Watch Father John Misty Cover “I Believe I Can Fly” On S.S. Coachella

By Michael Nelson / January 2, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Many commenters called us out for not including Father John Misty’s Fear Fun on our list of the Top 50 Albums Of 2012, and you know what? You might have a point there. So we can begin the healing now, by posting this video of FJM doing a karaoke cover of R. Kelly’s gospel affirmation-anthem “I Believe I Can Fly” aboard S.S. Coachella. “I Believe I Can Fly” is not an easy song to sing, partly because it’s vocally demanding and partly because it’s a really hackneyed piece of music, but Misty sells it. His performance puts to shame karaoke dilettantes such as yours truly, balancing power and technical precision and just enough schmaltz to keep the whole thing from coming off utterly preposterous. It’s also fun to get a look at the scene on the boat, which seems incredibly louche and kind of surreal. Check it out.

[Via CoS]