Photo by Joshua Black Wilkins
Considering I'm a middle aged fan of indie rock, I'm pretty unfamiliar with Ween. Of course I know who they are and a handful of songs, but I should probably be more familiar with their catalog than I am. Turns out folk-punk artist Sunny War is a much bigger fan than I am as she has released a cover of Ween's song "Baby Bitch" off of their iconic 1994 album Chocolate and Cheese. Sunny War's version is surprisingly faithful to the original. If anything, it's slightly weirder than Ween's with the use of children singing back up vocals on the chorus. Plus, the vocals on the cover have a little more venom on them than the original. Even if you aren't as familiar with Ween as you probably should be (aka me), you're going to love this, and if you are a Ween fan welcome to the Sunny War bandwagon!
Sunny War says of "Baby Bitch":
“‘Baby Bitch’ is one of my favorite Ween songs. It’s pretty and also petty as hell. I first heard Ween’s Chocolate and Cheese album when I was 8 or 9. My mom and stepdad were really into Ween at the time. Throughout the years I’ve found myself returning to ‘Baby Bitch’ every time I end up angry with someone I once loved. I used to play the cover while busking on the Venice Boardwalk and am happy to have finally recorded it. I think the children singing the choruses makes it just a little more petty.”
You can listen to Sunny War's take on "Baby Bitch" below. Anarchist Gospel is due out February 3 on New West Records. The album can be pre-ordered here. For more on Sunny Way, check out the artist's website.