AceShowbiz - Fans may be loving Taylor Swift's cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's classic hit "September", but the song's co-writer, Allee Willis, doesn't feel the same. The 70-year-old songwriter gave her honest opinion on the cover during a performance at the City Theatre in Detroit on May 18.
When asked about the cover, Allee said, "On the same day things happened in Syria, the FBI broke into Michael Cohen's office... the worst thing that happened as far as the internet was concerned on this 449th day of all of our brains feeling like they've been hurled back and forth like squash balls, the top-trending topic on Twitter was the Taylor Swift cut of 'September'."
While she thought that the former country singer didn't really "did a horrible job," she felt "it was as lethargic as a drunk turtle dozing under a sunflower after ingesting a bottle of Valium, and I thought it had all the build of a one-story motel, but, I mean, the girl didn't kill anybody." She added, "She didn't run over your foot. She just cut a very calm and somewhat boring take of one of the peppiest, happiest, most popular songs in history."
Willis, who will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame next month, then revealed that she "was thrilled" to hear the cover at first, imagining "she's going to give it a kind of jagged, 'Shake It Off' kind of feel and it's gonna be great. So I got to sleep happy and excited." However, according to her, the internet "was already a 28-alarm fire" by the time she woke up.
She also mentioned how Taylor changed the song's opening line from "21st night of September" to the "28th night of September," saying, "Everyone has a right to do with a song what they please, so go on with your own bad self, Taylor Swift."
Willis continued blasting the pop superstar, "I'm honored you'd choose to do my song and that it meant enough to you that you wanted to personalize it to the goddamn '28 night of September,' that you wanted to cover it with banjo... and that you changed the sacred ba-de-ya to the more Caucasian ah-ah-ah and make it sound more like a field of daffodils than a Soul Train line."
Taylor has yet to respond to the backlash.