Thursday, June 23, 2005

MORE HICK-HOP: BOSS HOSS

Combining two recent trends here at "m4m" - country/hip-hop fusion, and weird covers, may I now present Boss Hoss, a German (!) country band that covers rap & pop hits. Their album "Internashville Urban Hymns," debuted at No. 11 on the German charts, so it's not all Hasselhoff over there. It's not such a stretch when they render The White Stripes, Hendrix, or Elvis hits into country corn, but, improbably, Outkast's "Hey Ya," eminem's "Without Me,' The Beasties Boys' "Sabatoge," even Beck's "Loser" get the twangy gee-tars/foot-tappin' treatment. Now here's where it gets scary: they also do Billy Idol's "Eyes Without A Face," just as Paul Anka released his lounge version. When did that song become a standard? Did I not get that memo?

Never thought you'd willingly listen to a Brittany Spears song? Try this:

Boss Hoss: "Toxic" - Replete with absurd Western-movie sound effects, and a singer with a thick pseudo-Texas drawl asking, "Do ya feel me now"?

4 comments:

IanB said...

Add another 'maniac' to your list of regulars ..........

IanB @ RetroBabe!

Mr Fab said...

Great! And I just checked out RetroBabe - oh-so-groovy baby.

DDay said...

What a find! Continuing the country/novelty adaptations, we probably all know Hayseed Dixie. However, looking through your amazon.de link for Internashville Urban Hymns, I discovered another German band called The Twang who did 2 albums with countrified hits. How crazy are those Germans? Looks and sounds very promising though...

Mr Fab said...

Just checked American Amazon.com and The Twang are not available here either. But yeah, that looks great - "Blitzkreig Bop" fer Pete's sake. I'll see what I can rustle up...