Mark Ryden - The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music

I don’t know if any actual music-industry figures could’ve made this happen, but Mark Ryden, a pop-art painter who’s done a ton of album covers over the years, has lined up an impressive and all-over-the-place lineup of musicians to cover the same song on one album. This past weekend, Ryden opened a show called The Gay 90s at L.A.s Kohn Gallery, and as part of the show, he’s released a limited-edition compilation that features Tyler, The Creator, Nick Cave, Katy Perry, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, Danny Elfman, and Wall Of Voodoo’s Stan Ridgeway, all of them covering the exact same song.

The song in question is the 1892 standard “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built For Two),” as The Hollywood Reporter points out. Ryden put together all the covers on the compilation The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell. He only printed up 999 copies of it, selling each of them for $99.99. He already sold half of them at the gallery opening; the other half will be up for sale 5/13 on Ryden’s website. The comp serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Little Kids Rock. Here’s some of Ryden’s past album art:

Michael Jackson - Dangerous

Red Hot Chili Peppers - One Hot Minute

Comments (2)
  1. If “Hello! Ma Baby” isn’t on here, I’m gonna be super pissed.

  2. HAL 9000 approves of this album.

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