“Prince Johnny” is one of the best songs off St. Vincent’s self-titled release from last year. It’s a slow ballad with a striking chorus, ridden with themes of identity crises and self-validation. Peter Matthew Bauer of the Walkmen chose to cover “Prince Johnny” for the Amazon Acoustics playlist, which features other artists like Surfer Blood covering OutKast, Ashley Monroe covering John Mellencamp, and 30 other stripped-down covers as well as never-before-released original tracks such as this one from Deer Tick. Here’s a statement from Bauer about why he chose to cover “Prince Johnny”:
I chose her song “Prince Johnny” because it was one of my favorite songs in the last few years. Because it’s so not acoustic, I thought it’d be fun to arrange it in a completely different way. I heard the song on the radio when it first came out; it was a single off her record. It was the first St. Vincent song that I really got attached to. It’s a big hit around the house. I got a little five-year-old girl who’s very heavily into St. Vincent.
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