Gerard Smith, TV on the Radio’s longtime bassist, passed away last month and the tributes keep coming. Not surprisingly, everyone wishing to remember Smith seems to be covering the same song: Wolf Like Me. First, the Holidays added a little electronics to the tune. Then, Local H began performing their longtime cover with a “RIP Gerard Smith” shout-out. Now, Atlanta-based folkie Lera Lynn and her bandmate Ben Lewis perform a banjo-driven version that brings out a whole new aspect of the song: the lyrics.
You wouldn’t know it from listening to the overdriven original, but the lines are chock full or surrealist humor. “Now that we got gone for good / Writhing under your riding hood / Tell your grandma and your mama too / It’s true, true, true.” The country-bramble jaunt picks the song up and proves perhaps the best tribute to Smith yet. Watch it below. (via Paste)
Lera Lynn – Wolf Like Me (TV on the Radio cover)