by Shael Riley
Weekend Remix: Diamond In The Rough
Song: Diamond Dolls Cover
By: Shael Riley
Based On: Diamond Dolls From The Chipmunk Adventure
Original Composer: Randy Eldelman
Sometime, in a future where food comes in capsules and the premium on hover car insurance is still lower with the company that has that gecko mascot, there’ll be this pop music exhibit in some grand museum on music.
Hopefully they’ll include an exhibit on Alvin And The Chipmunks. I know, I know. Just hold off the scoffs and eye-rolling for a moment. The entertaiment sensation has spent years building itself as either a song parody jukebox or endearing homage to pop music, especially with any original songs. Even with the high-pitched vocals, you have to admit that the Chippette’s ultra catchy tune, Diamond Dolls, sounds like a hit new wave cover that the Go-Go’s never wrote.
Shael’s cover of the song is humrous as a concept, but his vocals and guitar made this cover more than an ironic joke. There’s this lo-fi indie vibe to it without any of that hipster-curled lip syndrome that’s become commonplace whenever such a cover normally takes place. Dolls’ overall catchiness and melodious chorus takes center once its synth and keys are traded in for Shay’s vocals and acoustic guitar. And any song that could go through a radical transformation and still infect the ears like a musical drug is the mark of an expertly written song.
Shael is also a part of The Grammar Club, a band who seamlessly stitches humor, nerd culture, pop rock, and hip hop together like it’s a natural fit. I highly recommend you check out their stuff.
Until next weekend….GO Party!