With quarantine keeping us cooped up indoors, many artists have taken to covering songs by their favourite artists to keep us entertained, and many of those covers are absolutely stunning. But, Puddle of Mudd has covered ‘About A Girl’ by Nirvana, and it sounds like frontman Wes Scantlin is singing through a puddle of mud.
Since quarantine regulations started up, we’ve seen Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, and Testament come together for a spectacular cover of Rush’s ‘YYZ’, as well as singer-songwriter Harry Styles cover Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’, where both covers turned into absolutely beautiful renditions. But, now we’ve got a cover of Nirvana’s ‘About A Girl’ from Puddle Of Mudd, and we’re not quite sure about it.
Unfortunately, nearly all of frontman Wes Scantlin’s lyrics are entirely incoherent. You can make out a very small percentage of Kurt Cobain’s originally lyrics, while the rest sounds like it’s been muddled with.
While most artists who cover a song chose to put it into their own style and make a new version of it, Scantlin seems to try to embody Cobain by trying to produce the same gruff voice we all came to love, but it just didn’t translate as well, and appears to be more of a screamo version at some points.
Recorded live at SiriusXM, the cover has seen nearly 1,000,000 views on YouTube, with a staggering 2.3k ‘likes’ to over 16k ‘dislikes’. In true YouTube fashion, the comment section was not pleasant, with viewers stating they “like the part where there’s no singing” and that it “kind of sounds like Kurt Cobain if he was being sodomised with a cactus.”
You can check out the viral cover for yourself below, and decide what you think of it. Personally, we think that perhaps Scantlin was having an off day, or maybe he should’ve considered a different song to cover, since his previous cover of Neil Young’s ‘Old Man’ was, by all accounts, stunning.