Thanks to a rather impassioned speech about an attempted rape in his neighborhood, Huntsville, Alabama, resident Antoine Dodson has become an unwitting YouTube sensation over the past month. Footage of Dodson’s tirade, which appeared on a local newscast, has racked up millions of views, inspired a slew of remixes (one of which even cracked the Billboard Hot 100) and earned him a rather fervent fanbase … which, apparently, includes Paramore’s Hayley Williams.
On Wednesday night, a “punk-rock cover” of Dodson’s speech — featuring Williams on vocals, with assists from New Found Glory’s Jordan Pundik and Relient K’s Ethan Luck — was uploaded to YouTube.
The song opens with Williams quoting Dodson’s notorious “rapist in Lincoln Park” line; she also tackles a verse later in the song. She recorded her vocals at Luck’s house in Nashville Wednesday night on a whim (“Over at @ EthanLuck’s house, recording something groundbreaking,” she tweeted, later adding, “Just dropped by … to sing a couple lines for it. Too much fun.”). In keeping with that spirit, the entire project is a rather tongue-in-cheek take on both Dodson and punk rock in general, featuring over-the-top fretwork, chugging chords and a whole lot of intertwining gang vocals.
Williams did not respond to MTV News’ e-mails about the song, but Luck described the inspiration for the tune, the recording process and his goals for the song on his official site.
“With all this hype of Antoine Dodson around the Internet, a couple friends of mine and I thought it would be fun to do our own version of ’Bed Intruder,’ ” he wrote. “Everything was recorded at my home studio while New Found Glory had a day off from tour here in Nashville. Hayley came over this evening to add the finishing touches. I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do … It was so much fun! Maybe The Gregory Brothers, who originally [remixed the speech], will get to hear our version! Or better yet, Antoine Dodson himself!”
Dare to dream, dude.