Last month, Taylor Swift tried to gentrify Earth, Wind & Fire’s classic 1978 song “September” and got dragged to smithereens on Twitter.
Swift’s banjo-driven rendition the E,W&F tune was blander than Karen’s unseasoned potato salad with raisins. Fans were quick to slam the pop singer for not only making a dull version the song but also changing some the lyrics.
Songwriter Allee Willis, who wrote "September" with the late Maurice White and Al McKay, wasn't fan Swift's cover song either but felt that some the social media uproar over it was a bit too much.
"On the same day things happened in Syria, the FBI broke into Michael Cohen's fice…the top-trending topic on Twitter was the Taylor Swift cut 'September,'" Willis reportedly said during a songs-and-stories performance in her hometown Detroit on Friday (May 18) .
"I didn't really think she did a horrible job. Yes, I felt it was as lethargic as a drunk turtle dozing under a sunflower after ingesting a bottle Valium, and I thought it had all the build a one-story motel, but, I mean, the girl didn't kill anybody," she continued. "She didn't run over your foot. She just cut a very calm and somewhat boring take one the peppiest, happiest, most popular songs in history."
Willis was informed the Taylor Swift cover hours before it hit the Internet. At the request her publicist, she had to issue a statement supporting Swift's rendition. Twenty-four hours later, she woke up to the internet enraged over the cover song.
Willis also didn't like Swift changing the lyrics as well, but again, for her, it wasn't a big deal.
"Everyone has a right to do with a song what they please, so go on with your own bad self, Taylor Swift," she said. "I'm honored you'd choose to do my song and that it meant enough to you that you wanted to personalize it to the goddamn 28th night September, that you wanted to cover it with banjo… and that you changed the sacred ba-de-ya to the more Caucasian ah-ah-ah and make it sound more like a field daffodils than a Soul Train line."
We appreciate Allee Willis' humor towards Swift's tragic cover song, but let's hope that it doesn't happened again. Check out E,W&F's classic song below.