So I just stumbled across Antony and the Johnsons’ cover of Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love (Gracias Never Mind the Bricolage ). You all know Beyoncé Giselle Knowles right? R&B singer from Destiny’s child. Huge solo career. Married to Hova. Yeah.
How about Antony and the Johnsons, the classically-inspired UK group that has come out with albums such as I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy and I am a Bird Now? Anyway, Antony did a live cover of Beyoncé’s smash hit “Crazy in Love,” with the backing of the Metropole Orkest.
Antony is not the the first cat on the corner to cover this epic tune. (And why would he be with lyrics such as, “When you leave I’m beggin you not to go/Call your name two, three times in a row”). Switchfoot also covered the song here (!?). However, Unlike Switchfoot, Antony’s cover is the complete opposite of Beyoncé version in both sound and look: tender and orchestral versus bright and bumpin. Plus, Antony’s cover is not “ironic” like Swithfoot’s. Most importantly, Antony’s version moved me.
Watching these two videos in a row provoked a whole host of questions about gender, genre, and art. I can’t formulate them all quite yet, but I wondered how others would react to this juxtaposition. So, watch. After you do, I would be curious to hear your thoughts.