Oh dear. Glee is known for its covers of popular tunes, sometimes doing them straight, and sometimes transforming them into something completely new and unusual (with varying degrees of sucess). But this time, their transformation of Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s classic “Baby Got Back” sounds eerily familiar… And let’s just say that geek music icon Jonathan Coulton isn’t what you’d call happy about it!
Seriously, all you have to do is listen to 30 seconds of each one and you can tell that they completely ripped off his entire arrangement, phrasing and beat. But what I found extra-hilarious is that in Jonathan Coulton’s version, he namechecks himself, changing “Mix-A-Lot” to “Johnny C.” And when you get to that point in the Glee
rip-off cover, they still say “Johnny C!” Oops!
Check out both versions here and you’ll see what I mean. Hopefully Jonathan Coulton will receive a nice settlement for this one!