Viagra Boys & Amy Taylor pay tribute to the late John Prine with cover of 'In Spite of Ourselves'

Amyl and the Sniffers' singer joins the Swedish post-punks for snarling rendition of Prine's beloved 1999 duet.
Posted: 15 December 2020 Words: Tom Curtis-Horsfall

Regrettably, John Prine was one of the first high-profile musicians to pass away from Covid-related complications earlier this year, but since plenty of artists have paid tribute to the country icon. That growing list now includes Swedish post-punks Viagra Boys and Amyl and the Sniffers' Amy Taylor who have banded together for a cover of his beloved 1999 duet 'In Spite of Ourselves'. 

Lending her unmistakeable Aussie snarl to the part originally sang by Iris Dements, the track which will feature on Viagra Boys' upcoming album Welfare Jazz sees the coming together of modern punk's irreverent artists who are longtime admirers of one another. 

On how the collaboration came about, VB's frontman Sebestian Murphy said: โ€When i heard in spite the first time i instantly had an urge to do a cover or it and i instantly knew that i wanted Amy to sing Iris Dements part because of her unique voice. Amy is a goddess of punk rock and a very important part of music today, and one of the smartest people Iโ€™ve talked to and itโ€™s an honor to able to make music with her and i hope we can do more in the future!"

Let's hope that's the case, aye. Filmed from opposite sides of the planet (according to the band's socials), see the accompanying video below, complete with tacky rodeo karaoke aesthetic. Yee-haw: 

Welfare Jazz is out on 8th January via YEAR0001

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