Over the years we’ve heard some pretty amazing and interesting covers of Disturbed’s “Down With the Sickness”. But not every cover is a gem, and one turned out so bad it was turned into a running joke within HBO. Last week tonight with John Oliver. So how did Blind Monday take the Disturbed classic to land itself with pride of place in the politically-leaning comedy series?
As you’d expect, it wasn’t just about the song, but actually part of the night’s political commentary. To open the show, Oliver addressed the ongoing Canadian Truckers protest, explaining how it has gone on to represent even more ideals than were originally part of the protest.
Oliver called out one of the central figures in the protest, explaining: “One of the convoy’s de facto spokespersons has been Tamara Lich, who has linked up with far-right groups in Canada and has been a leader of Wexit, which I know sounds like a campaign that Westies refuse to participate in the National Dog Show after being unjustly neglected for years, but it actually refers to a western separatist movement which calls for the secession of the prairie provinces from Canada.”
But then the host offered a lesser-known fact about Lich, revealing his rock music history. “And a fun note,” Oliver offered, “Lich also sings with a band called Blind Monday. Would you like to hear them play? clip. of the band performing “Down With the Sickness” from Disturbed.
Upon the clip’s release, Oliver offered a funny “Cool”, before adding, “But I will say this, it’s hard to think of a song more thematically appropriate to its cause than ‘Get Down With the Sickness’. except maybe ‘My Heart Will Go On’, in that it’s Canadian and inextricably linked to preventable tragedy’, while showing a Titanic graphic.
But that wasn’t the end of the Blind Monday name check in the commentary, as Oliver offered a callback joke. “Copy versions have already taken place in France, Australia and New Zealand, where they have a new way of trying to break the obstruction,” Oliver explained of the protests before moving on to report on New Zealand officials who allegedly blasted music from James Blunt, Barry Manilow and Disney in an attempt to break up the trucker sit down.
“Oh come on, New Zealand,” scoffed Oliver. “Playing James Blunt and Barry Manilow clearly isn’t going to be enough here. You’re not going to move people that mad at the actions of a bad wedding DJ. Also, as we all know by now, if you really want to get a crowd to disperse don’t go with disney or james blunt believe me there’s only one song guaranteed to clean a room and that’s it he then cut once from plus the cover of “Down With the Sickness” from Blind Monday.
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