Earth, Wind & Fire songwriter calls Taylor Swift’s ‘September’ cover “a very calm and somewhat boring take”

The singer recorded a more acoustic version of the classic disco-funk track last month for her 'Spotify Singles' series

Songwriter Allee Willis, who co-wrote the Earth, Wind & Fire hit ‘September’, has described Taylor Swift‘s recent cover of the song as “a very calm and somewhat boring take of one of the peppiest, happiest, most popular songs in history”.

Swift recorded the song for her recent ‘Spotify Singles’ collection, with the singer offering a stripped-back, acoustic version of the track which featured the use of banjos.

Asked to give her reaction to Swift’s divisive rendition of the classic pop song that she co-wrote in 1978, Willis told an audience at a Q&A at Detroit’s City Theatre on Friday (May 18) that she was unimpressed by what she heard. [via Billboard]


“On the same day things happened in Syria, the FBI broke into Michael Cohen’s office… the worst thing that happened as far as the internet was concerned – on this 449th day of all of our brains feeling like they’ve been hurled back and forth like squash balls – the top-trending topic on Twitter was the Taylor Swift cut of ‘September,'” Willis recalled.

“I didn’t really think she did a horrible job [of the cover],” she added. “Yes, I felt it was as lethargic as a drunk turtle dozing under a sunflower after ingesting a bottle of Valium, and I thought it had all the build of a one-story motel, but, I mean, the girl didn’t kill anybody. She didn’t run over your foot. She just cut a very calm and somewhat boring take of one of the peppiest, happiest, most popular songs in history.”

Willis did add that Swift, “[like everyone], has a right to do with a song what they please – so go on with your own bad self, Taylor Swift”.

“I’m honoured you’d choose to do my song and that it meant enough to you that you wanted to personalise it to the goddamn “28th night of September“, that you wanted to cover it with banjo, and that you changed the sacred ba-de-ya to the more Caucasian ah-ah-ah to make it sound more like a field of daffodils than a Soul Train line.”


Earlier this month, Swift revealed more about the symbolism behind the snake visuals which have dominated the theme of her ongoing ‘Reputation’ tour.


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