So, Whatcha Wanna Do-hoo?
The bluegrass cover of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" by the Gourds is now, what, about ten years old?
Every so often it gets stuck in my head for days on end. This is one of those times.
Whoever made this video thinks the song was recorded by Phish. Go figure.
UPDATE: According to an interview with the Gourds' frontman, the song ended up circulating on Napster before it was released on CD, and whoever put it up originally identified the band as Phish.
He also says, "The most surprising thing to me is when we play a wedding and the bride requests it. It is easily one of the most misogynistic songs of the last 10 years. But even my mother loves it."
Well, I don't love it -- precisely for that reason. But from the very first hearing, it's worked for me as something other than a funny cover version. There is enough nihilism in the old ballads (and in the real lives of some country performers, like Spade Cooley) to make "gangsta bluegrass" seem like more than a joke.
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