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June 3rd, 2019


Moon Duo - No Fun

I wasn't sure what to make of Moon Duo's cover of No Fun the first time I heard it. It seemed to be a very surface level performance of psychedelia. None of the excoriating bleakness of the original, just a rinky-dink version of the tune and some sound effects. But hold on a minute, isn't that exactly what the song is all about? No Fun is meant to be bleak and nihilistic, and this strangely affectless version by Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada is precisely that.

And then the guitar makes its way serpentlike throughout the music, filling in all the gaps and any doubt I had was blown away. It's the b-side of their 2018 single Jukebox Babe.

Moon Duo - No Fun