Scarlett Johansson Digs Up Jeff Buckley’s Corpse, Kicks It… Sexily

Jan 27th, 2009 // 27 Comments

Sexy siren and star of Rob Reiner’s 1994 classic North Scarlett Johansson has covered a Jeff Buckley song. And it sucks. And you can hear it inside! And if that’s not what gets people to click inside blog threads then we’ve been going at this Internet thing all wrong! What if we told you we had nude photos of her too?



…Well, we don’t. What’s up Google perverts!

Anyway, she’s butchering ol’ Buckley’s “Last Goodbye” for He’s Just Not That Into You, a movie with a title that is so pukeworthy that I’m not even going to Wikipedia to find out what it’s about. Now, it would be too easy to call her tone-deaf—especially since her tunelessness actually worked on her album of Tom Waits covers. Seriously, everyone who says this girl can’t sing needs to take a long hard look at their Nico albums. Sing away, ScarJo! Lost in a swirl of Sitek syrup (ew?), she was a dreamgaze chanteuse and I loved, loved, loved her for it. Plus, who can fuck up a Tom Waits song?

But with no Sitek, no Waits songs, and maybe about 1/16 of Buckley’s vocal range, ScarJo just sounds like she’s at an open mic night. You know that part in “Last Goodbye” where Jeff Buckley’s voice gets higher and higher and he reaches those magical peaks that slouchy messenger bag kids sometimes trick themselves into thinking is a special moment for mixtapes, but is secretly just major label proto-Josh Groban with a bad haircut? Yeah, she just skips that part. When they pass around the hat, I’m totally not putting in any money!

Scarlett Johansson Covers Jeff Buckley [Stereogum]

  1. Maura Johnston

    peaked. with. ghost. world.

  2. Nicolars

    Ha ha I had completely forgotten about North! I remember it feeling like the longest movie ever made because it was so boring.

  3. Anonymous

    Man, between this and the Muxtape post, I think this may be the crankiest day I’ve seen on Idolator yet….and that’s saying something!

  4. Rob Murphy

    Anyway, she’s butchering ol’ Buckley’s “Last Goodbye” for He’s Just Not That Into You, a movie with a title that is so pukeworthy that I’m not even going to Wikipedia to find out what it’s about.

    In case you’re serious, the rom-com movie is based on a “self-help” book with the same title that is about…dunno, didn’t read it, but it’s got something to do with “advising” women how to tell that a guy is not into them and maybe what they’re supposed to do next yadda yadda yadda. The book’s title, in turn, came from a line of dialogue from Sex And The City.

    I know way too much stupid trivia.

    [en.wikipedia.org]

  5. Marth

    Also, someone tell Woody Allen that Scarlett Johansson is no Diane Keaton. Hell, she’s not even a Mia Farrow.

  6. DaeSu

    A last goodbye from Scarlett Johansson? If only.

  7. beanmaru

    she should stick with acting

  8. itsmejill

    She should stick with wearing low-cut tops and not saying anything at all.

  9. iantenna

    He’s Just Not That Into You, a movie with a title that is so pukeworthy that I’m not even going to Wikipedia to find out what it’s about.

    certainly doesn’t beat donkey punch whose preview i had the displeasure of seeing on friday.

    Plus, who can fuck up a Tom Waits song?

    patty smyth?

  10. heyzeus

    The Josh Groban dig hurts. It hurts bad.

  11. Christopher R. Weingarten

    Hurts Buckley or Groban?

  12. troybulldogs21

    @ScrabbleChamp: agreed. 6 posts today, 5 of which are openly negative and 1 which is likely mocking flav. i’m going and listening to alphabeat to cheer myself up now.

  13. Anonymous

    Wow – shite music in a shite movie.

  14. Christopher R. Weingarten

    @troybulldogs21:

    Firstly, I would NEVER mock Flav. I am seriously going to watch that show.

    Secondly, who comes to a GOSSIP BLOG to complain about negativity?

  15. Maura Johnston

    Guys, guys. Let’s all chill out.

    [rathergood.com]

  16. moomintroll

    @Christopher R. Weingarten: I’ve laughed all day at your posts! I don’t mind funny snark, in fact I seek it out.

  17. Anono-Critic

    ” but is secretly just major label proto-Josh Groban with a bad haircut? “

    It is difficult for me to fathom that anyone with a love for music, much less a functioning heart, believes this.

    and unless I misunderstand, Groban has spent his entire career on Warner Bros., so the “major label” qualifier is a bit odd.

    Would Buckley have passed muster if he took more inspiration from Primus, Mr. Weingarten?

  18. heyzeus

    @Christopher R. Weingarten:

    Well probably not Buckley himself, considering.

  19. Christopher R. Weingarten

    @Anono-Critic: I dunno, man. When Groban did the South Park theme on the Grammys it was pretty terrible.

  20. Christopher R. Weingarten

    Emmys, I mean.

  21. Ned Raggett

    @Anono-Critic: It is difficult for me to fathom that anyone with a love for music, much less a functioning heart, believes this.

    Oh the Jeff Buckley nonfans are out there. (And I will forever fly that flag.)

  22. Chris Molanphy

    @Maura Johnston: Getting in late to add that I totally agree with the Ghost World comment.

  23. Anonymous

    Can I order some Sitek syrup, please?

  24. the rich girls are weeping

    @Maura Johnston: Oh, I’d give her to Lost in Translation, but that’s it — if only for the perfect portrayal of a young woman in a relationship with an egotistical and untalented douchebag.

  25. the rich girls are weeping

    @the rich girls are weeping: Also, Ghost World grossed me out.

  26. Michaelangelo Matos

    Forget about her acting or singing: she’s covering a Jeff Buckley song. Yuck.

  27. revmatty

    “Plus, who can fuck up a Tom Waits song?”

    Rod Stewart.

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