Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Art-For-Art’s-Sake Theatre: “Some Nights” (Jake Coco Remix)

Time once again for our usual midday Wednesday feature.

The subject of last week's Theatre has inspired a number of cover versions on YouTube, including the collaborative variety that appears to be a growing trend in that venue. Apparently, someone invites people to send their own "karaoke" performance with a pre-determined music track (for want of a better description), then someone puts all the winners together.

This past summer, On Air With Ryan Seacrest reviewed such a version of Some Nights produced by Jake Coco and W G Snuffy Walden (the latter of The West Wing fame), featuring Coco and eight other "YouTube stars." Released on August 11, by the end of the month it received 665,249 views. The count is now approaching 3.5 million, roughly one-tenth the viewership of the original. Not too shabby.

1 comment:

Weaver said...

First, thank you for your interest in writing about some of my favorite artists.

Actually, the artists in question are all affiliated with W. G. Snuffy Walden's, Taylor Made Studios. There was no karaoke submissions involved in the production, all of these established artists were hand picked for their respective parts in the "Some Nights" cover version.

The description of the arrangement explains that this is the result of the many individual fans requesting a collaboration song of these loosely affiliated artists.

BTW: in the eleven days since this this blog entry, the video has added another 1.1 million views (4,658,373 views on 10/14/1012).