On Why Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Fuck You” Cover Is Terrible

By jessica / November 12, 2010

So many reasons to dislike Gwyneth Paltrow. Here are two more, at least for me: First her cover of “Fuck You,” which she does on next week’s Glee, changes the title and everything else to “Forget You.” I understand we’re on network TV, and that babies love Glee, but I thought that show was all about the joy of hearing songs you already love, re-interpreted, so I’m guessing a lot of the audience has heard “Fuck You” already. Maybe it could have been bleeped or just muted? I know Cee Lo’s radio version of this song changes it to “Forget You” too, so I guess there’s no great solution.

Then Paltrow changes all the pronouns from the male to female perspective. Why is this necessary? Is it to feel more like you’re making the song your own? Is it not wanting to seem like you’re singing about a woman? (Note: Cee Lo wrote the very-feminine “Don’t Cha“.) I know Glee does this all the time, but this time it’s Paltrow, and after hearing the warbling melisma, and the change of gender, cursing, and phrasing on this song, it’s not even close to a “Fuck You” I like, so forget this cover, and forget Gwyneth Paltrow:

If that comes down, try this.

Is it better than William Shatner’s cover? Decide for yourself:

Pretty bad too!

I tried to think of my favorite, non-gender-changed cover songs. Here are a couple:

The Raincoats – “Lola”

The Futureheads – “Hounds Of Love”

The Slits – “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”

Anymore ideas? This kind of thing should be encouraged.