Modern bleugrass-pop quartet Twisted Pine released a brand new song today, a cover of The Cardigans’ mid-nineties chart-topper “Lovefool.” Released as a parody video about the current state of the pandemic in the US, Twisted Pine’s cover version is called “Bigfool,” and you can stream it below at the bottom of the article.
Keeping to the playful sound of the original Cardigans mega-hit, Twisted Pine switch out the lyrics in their version for their tongue-in-cheek quips about the politics and policies surrounding the current pandemic, including hand-washing, testing, and bleach-injection. There’s also a few shout-outs: President Trump is the first name dropped, followed later by Anthony Fauci, and then finally NY Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The folky foursome’s affinity for tributing old tunes in their modern style dates back to their EP release Dreams, which features magnificently reimagined versions of The Beatles’ “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” Vulfpeck’s “El Chepe,” and more. This latest video follows in the close footsteps of “Amadeus Party,” an original song which the band released a video for last Friday. You can stream that below the article as well. Don’t let the Elizabethan-era clothing fool you: “Amadeus Party” serves as fresh evidence that Twisted Pine remains one of the most unique sounds in the world of stringband music today.
“Bigfool” meanwhile showcases the quartet’s knack for blending quirky personality into their music. This is also apparent in their new weekly Quarantine video series, “The Parlor Room Home Sessions: Twisted Pine’s Love-Stream Variety Show,” which mixes comedy, faux-interviews, and musical performance and which is presented by popular Northampton, MA music venue The Parlor Room.
Stream Twisted Pine’s Cardigans cover parody “Bigfool” below, and for more information about the band, head to https://www.twistedpineband.com.