June 12, 2009

I really don’t understand what’s so complicated about the whole situation…


“…like, it seems pretty cut and dried. It’s just this guy, and he just… doesn’t like her very much.”

Complicated (Avril Lavigne cover) – Ben Gibbard

“…I don’t know if that was a good idea or a bad idea to play that.”

[song via, my pic above from the Obama/DNC party last summer]

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  • bad idea

    scott b — June 12, 2009 @ 10:03 am

  • Aside from talking to the audience, I thought it was a pretty good cover. But, his cover of “Thriller” is killer, a nice interpretation of the song.

    Lance — June 15, 2009 @ 10:38 am

  • I’ll probably be lynched by Fuelfriends readers but I prefer the original. This version lacks energy. it feels like Ben is bored.

    Merrill — June 18, 2009 @ 11:34 am

  • I was always oddly, embarrassingly drawn to the original as well. ;)

    browneheather — June 18, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

  • [...] Gibbard (of Death Cab For Cutie and The Postal Service) covers Avril Lavigne's Complicated. I recommend it largely for his swift dissection of the song afterwards, "I really don't [...]

    The Professional Line | P-2006 | Fragments — June 20, 2009 @ 11:29 am

  • This was good. I think that it’s light and hilarious. I mean seriously, let’s look at this a little bit deeper than, here’s Ben Gibbard playing something completely on the other side of the Spectrum. It’s funny, it’s light-hearted and done pretty well…The man has an incredible talent that I feel music is lacking. Good on ya, Ben.

    Wayne — July 20, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

  • I agree, he does sound a little bit bored (but wouldn’t you be, if you were singing this son? Haha.)It’s an interesting take on the song, though.

    Emily — July 21, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

  • *song :)Stupid typos

    Emily — July 21, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

  • Ben Gibbard is such a lyrical fucking genius.

    Tess — July 23, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

  • Oh, he sounds like he’s having fun.
    “This is serious!*laughs*”

    Lizz — July 31, 2009 @ 9:34 pm

  • This is really cute and silly!

    Hillary — July 29, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

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