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Mad World and Musical Irony: 4/1/04

I'm listening to the Gary Jules cover of "Mad World" (the acoustic version, not the Donnie Darko version) and while I do enjoy both of his covers, I prefer the original Tears for Fears version because of their use of musical irony. The Jules' covers are straight up interpretations of the lyrics only with very dark and depressing instrumentation. The original version would follow each dismal line with a little riff of "tra la la" type music turning a depressing subject into something way too cheerful to the point of being comedic. That subtext is missing from Jules's versions.

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