Someone had the genius idea to slow down some Alvin and the Chipmunks records to 16 RPM and put them online. I love the Internet, seriously—who comes up with this stuff? Despite a ton of “acclaim,” a lot of the tracks are lackluster 80s covers that were pitched up, now pitched down. It’s novel, but it wears off quickly, as some of the songs don’t translate too well. But Blondie’s “Call Me,” as covered by Alvin, Theodore and that other guy, is brilliant with the bottom dropped out:

This syrupy dirge would be perfect for some hedonistic, drugged-out montage in a biopic about any of the hedonistic, dugged-out bands of the 70s or 80s. Just look at those junkie chipmunks melting on the also remixed album art. I seriously dig it. Sure, it sounds weird—what with the ping-pong pitching—but imagine if it was recorded this way, intentionally? Mastered and mixed right, this could be something awesome.

Coincidentally, it’s also the perfect answer to my rockstar dreams that were so terribly shattered when I puberty dropped my voice far, far, too low to sing the post-emo screamy pop-punk 9th grade me loved so much. This song is Nick Cave singing Blondie with DJ Screw on the boards. That’s a show I would  go to. If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in my room, creating an entire new Garageband-produced genre based on this track.

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