It's pretty ballsy to take on a cover of Nirvana, but on Amanda Palmer's "Polly" cover, it took no balls at all (get it?). OK, maybe a few, from her cohorts in The Grand Theft Orchestra. And together they killed it. Their cover of "Polly" was made last year for Spin magazine's Nirvana Nevermind tribute issue/song compilation. Palmer's accompanying video and single were released today.
+ Watch Amanda Palmer + The Grand Theft Orchestra cover Nirvana's "Polly" after the jump.
The video for Palmer's haunting rendition captures the essence of the Nirvana tune musically and stays true to its lyrical inspiration. (Kurt Cobain wrote the song after reading about the abduction, rape and torture of a young girl.) In the video, a tinkly xylophone ushers in the scene and minimal banjo, bass and keys add to the chilling effect. Soon, the details of the disturbing events unfold lyrically and on screen. Palmer's stirring, whispery delivery is moving and provocative. It's not an easy watch, but that's likely its intent. Who needs cojones when the results are this affecting?