Hear Katy Perry, Tyler, the Creator & Weird Al Cover The Same Song From 1892

By Shannon Carlin

What do Katy Perry, Tyler, the Creator, Nick Cave, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Weird Al all have in common? Well, they all covered the song, “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built For Two) for artist Mark Ryden. 

Those artists, along with others like Mark Mothersbaugh, Danny Elfman, covered the song, which was originally recorded in 1892. It soon became a hit song of the day, but was later popularized in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which it is sung by the HAL 9000 computer.

Versions of the song are included on Ryden’s new compilation The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell, which was released last Saturday and is a part of Ryden’s new art exhibition The Gay ’90s: West at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles.

The album printed on red vinyl, is limited to 999 copies, which are all hand-numbered and signed by Ryden, and priced at $99.99. Half of the records were sold at his recent gallery show, the rest will go on sale via his website on May 13.

While the price may seem a little steep, proceeds from the compilation will benefit Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit that supports musical education in disadvantaged elementary schools.

Ryden started his career painting albums covers like Michael Jackson‘s DangerousRed Hot Chili Peppers’ One Hot Minute and Aerosmith’s “Love in an Elevator” single. Now he identifies himself a full time fine artist, but did recently paint the cover for Tyler, the Creator’s 2013 album, Wolf. 

Check out Katy Perry, Tyler, the Creator and Weird Al’s version of the song below in clips featuring creepy visuals from Ryden. And head here to check out the rest of the covers.

Katy Perry

Tyler, the Creator

Weird Al


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