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Ryan Adams is covering Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ in the style of the Smiths

It could be good?


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Aug 6, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 5:20 am CDT

Ryan Adams might have produced the “guaranteed saddest” Taylor Swift cover yet.

The singer-songwriter announced on Twitter early Thursday morning that he’s vowing to cover 1989 track by track, “as played by the Smiths,” and posted a photo of a recording session on Instagram.

Taylor Swift 1989 full album cover night 1. As played by the Smiths. W @totally_tod @cstavish @natelotz

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Swift, ever the cheerleader, gave Adams her approval, and he later tweeted her a video of someone dancing to “Welcome to New York.”


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OK, “Blank Space” with a “deep end Smiths vibe” sounds like it could be good.

#2 Blank Space… Deep end smiths vibe

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Adams’ cover game is on point this year: Let us never forget that time when he broke down and covered “Summer of ’69.”

H/T Pitchfork | Photo via 6tee-zeven/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Aug 6, 2015, 2:27 pm CDT