Taylor Swift Is Stoked About Ryan Adams’ ‘1989’ Covers Album

Carl Williott | August 6, 2015 8:28 am
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Prolific indie rocker Ryan Adams has undertaken some strange projects over the years, including a sci-fi metal concept album in 2010 and penning a comic series. For his latest piece of stunt-art, he’s covering the entirety of Taylor Swift‘s 1989, and he’s doing the whole covers album in the style of iconic ’80s mopers The Smiths. (Adams certainly knows his way around a dreary cover — as demonstrated by his 2003 version of Oasis‘ “Wonderwall.”) And it turns out Taylor is super-pumped about the project.

In the wee hours this morning (August 6), Adams posted a string of updates from his Swift- and Smiths-inspired recording sessions, saying “Guaranteed saddest version of Welcome to New York ever – or your tears back.” (He also knows his way around an ode to New York.)

Taylor Swift 1989 full album cover night 1. As played by the Smiths. W @totally_tod @cstavish @natelotz

A photo posted by Ryan Adams (@misterryanadams) on

Guaranteed saddest version of Welcome to New York ever – or your tears back

A photo posted by Ryan Adams (@misterryanadams) on

When Swift got word of the news, she expressed her excitement on Twitter with the veteran singer-songwriter, who confirmed the 1989 cover album was real. “I’m going to celebrate today every year as a holiday. I’M CALM,” she tweeted. See their exchange below.

[via Consequence of Sound]