Listen: Tame Impala’s Jay Watson Is Gum, Covers Genesis
Tame Impala drummer and vocalist Jay Watson is releasing a solo album as Gum and has dropped a cosmic cover of an old Genesis hit.
Gum will release a full-length album , Delorean Highway, later this month and is warming up Tame Impala fans with a cover of the popular Genesis single ‘Misunderstanding’ from 1980.
“I first heard “Misunderstanding” at 40,000 feet watching your run-of-the-mill crappy rock documentary on Genesis or Phil Collins, or both, I can't remember,” Watson said of his song choice.
“It was the period when they turned from a very English prog band into a very commercial pop band. I only heard a 10 second snippet of it, and had to keep rewinding and listening to it over and over again to try and hear the words, in order to Google it later. Anyways, maybe it was just the fact that I always cry on airplanes, but something made that song seem super-heartfelt to me. Of course I then ruined it by putting flanger over the whole thing when I covered it for my album, but hey, I was into Chrome at the time.”
You can cop a free ‘Misunderstanding’ download from Watson’s label, Spinning Top Records, or catch the album on its release date on May 30.