Homebound artists, clearly with some time on their hands, have been reworking their songs to encourage good practice during the crisis. Here is a chronicle of some notable musical moments during the outbreak.
Foals Show How To Properly "Wash Off"
The song has nothing to do with personal hygiene - "wash off" is a metaphor for overcoming challenges and seizing the day - but the title is certainly apt.
Brandon Flowers Washes Hands To "Mr. Brightside"
Jealousy, turning saints into the sea
Swimming through sick lullabies
Choking on your alibis
But it's just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
'Cause I'm Mr. Brightside
It takes 27 seconds to sing, but it's worth it. The song is about Flowers' real-life cheating ex-girlfriend; perhaps turning her into a hand-washing meme is the best revenge.
The post is an early example of the kind of candid, unkempt video that celebrities started making after days of quarantine, with no concern for appearance or lighting. Even with bedhead and a wrinkled T-shirt, Flowers pulls it off really well. He also keeps a very clean bathroom.
Jojo Advocates Staying In
Stay in, right now
Do it for humanity
I'm deadass about that
But we will survive
So you gon' learn how to cook now
And practice good hygiene
I know you're bored and want to f--k around
But not on me
Jojo makes it clear she has no use for a guy who won't do social distancing.
Liam Gallagher Rewrites "Wonderwall" as "Wonderwash"
Looking rather grizzly and a bit unhinged, Liam Gallagher posted three hand-washing videos of himself singing updated versions of Oasis songs:
"Wonderwash" (to the tune of "Wonderwall")
Today is gonna be the day
That they're gonna throw it back to you
By now you should've somehow
Realized what you gotta do
Wash your hands, scrub your toes
Scratch your ass and pick your nose
Come on, you know
"Champagne Soapernova" (to the tune of "Champagne Supernova")
Some day you will find me
Caught beneath the landslide
In a champagne soapernova in the sky
Wash your hands, you little f--kers
"Soapersonic" (to the tune of "Supersonic")
I need to be myself
I can't be no one else
I'm feeling soapersonic
Give me gin and tonic
You can have it all but how much do you want it?
Wash your hands, you little f--kers
It's not surprising he doesn't respect the sanctity of the original lyrics: The songs were written by his brother/arch-nemesis, Noel.
Neil Diamond Encourages Washing Hands, Not Touching Them
Hands, touching hands
Reaching out, touching me
Adapting the song to the age of coronavirus, Diamond sang a new version from home that he posted on his social media accounts:
Hands, washing hands
Reaching out, don't touch me
I won't touch you
The song has a certain soothing quality that Diamond attributes to a higher power. "I think there's a little bit of God in that song," he said.
This isn't the first time he's deployed "Sweet Caroline" in a time of crisis: A week after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, he showed up at Fenway Park to perform the song. For this appearance, the normally rhinestone-spangled Diamond wore his civies; he dressed down even further for the coronavirus update, wearing a hoodie and baseball cap (Neil Diamond owns leisurewear!).
Introducing the coronavirus version from in front of his fireplace, Diamond said: "I know we're going through a rough time right now, but I love ya, and I think maybe if we sing together, we'll feel a little bit better."
Willie Nelson Accepts We'll Be Talking To Walls For A While
On April 20, 2020, at precisely 4:20 p.m. CST, Nelson staged the "Come And Toke It" live stream to celebrate his favorite holiday: 4-20. Along with his sons Lukas and Micah, he changed the lyrics to describe how many of us were feeling:
We got to all stick together or else we'll lose our minds
I've got a feeling we're going to be here a long, long time
Nelson wrote the song before he became a recording artist. The first version was by Faron Young in 1961.
March 23, 2020, updated April 20, 2020
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