Oregon-born, California-based visual artist Mark Ryden, who has done cover art for musicians such as Tyler, The Creator, Michael Jackson, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, put together a compilation album for his new art exhibit, entitled The Gay Nineties: Olde Tyme Music. The record consists of covers of the 1892 song "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" by a group of artists representing a multitude of different styles. Listen to them all below.
Tyler, The Creator:
"Weird Al" Yankovic:
Sara Lov and Zac Rae:
Ken The Magic Corner God:
"Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built For Two) was written in 1892 by Harry Dacre. It is well known as the first song to be sung using a computer. It was referenced in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, when HAL 9000 sings the song during its deactivation.
Each cover interprets the song differently. Some, like Katy Perry's, are more traditional. Hers is a sweet pop cover only accompanied by acoustic guitar. Others go way outside of the box, as evidenced in Mark Mothersbaugh's version, sung by an anthropomorphic potato man in a loud, atonal voice and accompanied by toy piano music. Other stand out covers include an all-theremin version by Ken The Corner God and a disturbing, static laden cover by Scarling. "Weird Al" Yankovic contributes a charming one man barbershop quartet and Tyler, The Creator brings back his low voiced, innocent persona for his cover.
Each video consists of original artwork by Ryden, and will be featured at his exhibition, which began May 3rd at the Kohn Gallery in Hollywood. The compilation will be available at the event, as well as on Ryden's website. All proceeds from sales will be donated to "Little Kids Rock," a charity that brings music education to underprivileged schools.
You can order The Gay Nineties: Olde Tyme Music on Ryden's website starting on May 13th.
Source: Mark Ryden YouTube