Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Flappie vs Todd

What's happening with rock moloch Todd Rundgren? His last single was a ska tune! And now he even recorded a Christmas song! To make it even more curious, it's an English cover from a Dutch song called 'Flappie', by comedian Youp van 't Hek. It's a horrific song about a boy who takes revenge on his dad for slaying his pet rabbit for Christmas dinner.
This is the original:

If you speak Dutch, you'd notice that Rundgren stays close to the original, 'cept that the pet rabbit's name, the pronunciation of it, changed to Floppy.

Dutch media is going bonkers over this. You can buy a vinyl single for 40 bucks (HERE). So far, nobody knows why the wizard, the true star, the writer of hits like 'Can we still be friends', 'I Saw the Light' and 'Mated' made a fairly cheapo sounding version of a Dutch xmas standard. Well, it IS 2020, anything could happen. And has happened. So there.

So Rolling Stone asked Todd about his cover, here's what he said:
In addition, Rundgren dropped the wacky Christmas song “Flappie,” originally released in 1978 by Dutch comedian Youp van ’t Hek. It features Rundgren singing the bizarre tune on piano. “I don’t usually do this kind of thing,” he says. “I’m not a Christmassy guy. When Cleopatra [Records] asked me to do a Christmas single, at first I thought the way I usually think: What can I do that nobody else would think of doing? I found a song that was a hit in Holland, where apparently having a rabbit for Christmas dinner is a fairly commonplace thing, where the kid raises the rabbit until Christmas and then it magically disappears. It’s just a little ditty about the cannibalism of rabbits.”