Wildcard (week 52):
The B-69s – Chop Suey!

Christmas is a time to spend with family, to reflect and contemplate. But now it’s time to bring fun back into our lives!

Dalton Deschain & The Traveling Show are a pulp-punk band from New York City. Formed in 2014, the band is known for dark but humorous experimental punk music, filled with pulpy lyrics about circus freaks, dark rituals, nuclear war, and demon possession. But HO HO HO, before you click away: I’d like to talk about another brainchild of Dalton Deschain, The B-69s. In this side project, he and singer-songwriter Jo Kroger cover modern pop songs (old and new) in the style of The B-52s. And believe me, that’s a treat!

Since their first release, in 2019, The B-69s covered the likes of The Killers, OutKast, Britney Spears, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift and more. All of them unrecognisable versions. That is, only recognisable as The B-52s. The musical renditions are spot on and Deschain’s voice resembles Fred Schneider’s in an almost scary way. He doesn’t only sound the same, but he also mimics Schneider’s unmistakable singing style perfectly.

The B-69s’ new EP is called 1979 (Fred’s Version). It contains four new remakes; two of recent songs by Olivia Rodrigo (bad idea right?) and Doja Cat (Paint The Town Red), and two of true classics: Smash Mouth’s All Star and Chop Suey! by System Of A Down. The latter was one of the most epic rock songs of 2001. However, this tribute version, full of uplifting organs and handclaps, is a happy pop song. As long as you concentrate on the music, that is πŸ˜‰. Like all of their previous covers, The B-69s’ interpretation of Chop Suey! ends with an interpolation of The B-52s’ Love Shack. Isn’t a full circle moment the best way to end the year?

Have a funny 2024 y’all!

The B-69s’ version of Chop Suey! is the new Carte Blanche Music Wildcard. This implies that it will be prominently displayed at the top of the blog for an entire week.

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In the Wildcards 2023 playlist you’ll find all of this year’s Carte Blanche Music Wildcards so far.

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