Thing a Week 5 – Baby Got Back

October 14th, 2005

This week is a cover of Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot (note: he is not an actual knight). Had to activate the whole team for this one – guitar, mandolin, banjo and even some shakers and tambourines and other things lying around the house. I’ve wanted to cover this song for a long time, because it is excellent – there’s a wonderful message in there for those of you who have big butts. In the proud tradition of many white Americans who came before me I hereby steal and white-ify this thick and juicy piece of black culture. Watch for my album “Jonathan Coulton Sings Songs by Black People.”

Here is the song: Baby Got Back

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270 Responses to “Thing a Week 5 – Baby Got Back”

  1. Sohbet says:

    I’m looking forward to the release of that album.

  2. w2 says:

    heard it for the first time today. great tune. must shop this around for more air play. great melody. Yo.

  3. islam says:

    Excellent work.

    And a note: The Gin and Juice cover that everyone attributes to Phish (or even Dave Matthews, for some unknown reason) is actually by a little known band called The Gourds.

  4. ye GODS, man!

    You definitely just climbed to the top of the folk-rap cover heap.

    It’s a small heap, but a good one. This will bear repeating.

  5. Ödev says:

    Phish didn’t do a Gin and Juice cover, moron. That was by the “Gourds.” Phish lack the talent to do something of that caliber.

  6. Resim Oylama says:

    Damn, that is about as perfect as it can get!

  7. Has anyone ever heard of “Notorious MSG”? A Chinese rap band that specialized in making parody videos of well known rap songs?

    http://www.tian.cc/2004/10/notorious-msg-straight-out-of-canton.html

  8. HOLY CRAP that’s so good. : )))))))))

  9. Why am I reminded of Barenaked Ladies? :)

    Great song!

  10. Through a random linking of clicks today I found This song which I thought was pretty funny/crafty. I can’t imagine it’s easy taking Sir Mix Alot and turning it in to Peter Paul and Mary…but he did it.

  11. Komik says:

    Jonathon Coulton’s rendition of “Baby Got Back” is awesome. Other enjoyable Coulton tunes: “Code Monkey“, “Tom Cruise Crazy“, and “When I’m 25 or 64“.

  12. Janae says:

    Wow. If i hadn’t know this was “baby got back” i wouldnt have recognized it. I had to listen really closely. Thanks for a really funny song. (^o^)

  13. hikaye says:

    Phish didn’t do a Gin and Juice cover, moron. That was by the “Gourds.” Phish lack the talent to do something of that caliber.

  14. sex says:

    Excellent work.

    And a note: The Gin and Juice cover that everyone attributes to Phish (or even Dave Matthews, for some unknown reason) is actually by a little known band called The Gourds.

  15. I would just like to share my Britney Spears cover/homage: Hit Me Britney One More Time: http://www.leesean.net/podcast/HitMeBritney%2520(128).mp3

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