One Of These New Songsmith Covers Isn’t That Bad

Songsmith, Microsoft’s musak-creation tool (heh, “tool”), though ridiculous and poorly advertised, does have one major plus: it allows the casual music listener (as opposed to musician) to truly appreciate the importance of music. Music, man: it’s really hard to make good! Maybe Johnny Marr’s job was just as hard as Morrissey’s! Now we know. Thank you, Songsmith. The guy who’s been posting videos of classic songs put through Songsmith has come out with three new ones destined to anger a cross section of 30-55 year-old white male fans: “White Wedding,” “Tom Sawyer,” and “Buddy Holly.” Don’t shoot the casual music fan messenger, but the last one, as a cover, actually isn’t terrible…

“Tom Sawyer” by Rush: you got Songsmithed!:

In middle school someone asked me what my favorite David Bowie song was and I said “White Wedding.” That has nothing to do with anything except that this is the Songsmith version of Billy Idol’s “White Wedding.” (Also, I lied: it was college.):

“Buddy Holly”: You can’t dance to it, and maybe it’s just the superiority of this video, but it isn’t the worst cover of a song in history:

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to make it my ringtone or anything.