Now word reaches us that the brilliantly named YouTube Channel There I Ruined It, which specialises in deliberately ruining songs by changing their genre, has re-imagined Chop Suey! in a way Serge Tankien could surely never have predicted.
It’s System Of A Hoedown. Gone are the staccato riffs and frantic, stop-start rhythms, to be replaced by bluegrass banjo, line-dancing, a pig and a chicken. It’s completely awful. And yet, somehow, it’s also totally magnificent.
Joining Chop Suey! in There I Ruined It’s gallery of sonic perversion are Queen‘s We Will Rock You reconfigured as a lurching snippet of Dixieland jazz, a perplexing disco rendition of Johnny Cash‘s Folsom Prison Blues, and a driving hard rock take on Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off that even includes some pyro.
“I take your favourite songs and ruin them forever,” boasts the Channel’s About page, although, quite frankly, we think some have benefitted from There I Ruined It’s fiendish musical butchery.