Talk about a throwback! While some artists like to cover old songs, Katy Perry has covered a really, really old song. Like, more than a hundred years old.
As previously reported, Katy is one of a number of musicians in a variety of genres who all collaborated with artist Mark Ryden on a limited-edition album which features them all singing the same song: "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)." Written in 1892, the song is also sometimes known as "Daisy, Daisy." You may remember it from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey -- it's the song the supercomputer, HAL 9000, sings just before he shuts down.
Now, you can hear about a minute's worth of Katy's take on the song, which is very sweet, and features acoustic guitar and female backing vocals.
The album, called The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell , features Kirk Hammett of Metallica , Weird Al Yankovic and others all singing "Daisy Bell." It's part of Ryden's current exhibit, "The Gay 90s," which is on view now at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. As previously reported, there are only 999 copies of the vinyl disc available, and proceeds from sales of the discs are going to benefit Little Kids Rock, which supports musical education in schools. The album will be available on Ryden's website starting on Tuesday.
As previously reported, Katy Perry also inspired one of the paintings in Ryden's exhibit: it's called Katy Aphrodite . According to Billboard , Ryden has connections in the music world because he created the covers for albums and singles by, among others, Michael Jackson, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Aerosmith.
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