We’re not sure when this happened, but in the past few days The Zimmers, fronted by a 90-year-old Brit, have become the talked about band, based on their cover of The Who’s “My Generation” cover. First got word of this from old-man himself Lefsetz.
The video is making its way. And once you starting chuckling over the elderly people coopting a song originally intended to be a fuck-off towards older people, you start to cry and become saddened. It made me think about how I should be hanging out with my grandma more often, or at least talking with her about her life and all the stories she must have. It really breaks your heart. Which, not sure if that was their intent with the video.
They’ll be the subject of a BBC documentary. The album was produced by U2/Cure producer Mike Hedges. From their Myspace:
“Formed in early 2007, The Zimmers are not only the oldest gigging band in the world (with an average age of 78), they are also the most celebrated, having recorded their debut album at the famous Abbey Road Studios, under the watchful eye of Acclaimed Producer Mike Hedges.
Oh and by the way, don’t tell them you think this is funny, with more aggression than Nirvana and more talent than The Beatles, these OAP’s are here to stay. Their first single ‘My Generation’ is released on May 14th. Expect it to climb faster than a Stenna Stair Lift!
Other songs in THE ZIMMERS repertoire include ‘Firestarter’ by The Prodigy, ‘When I’m (one hundred and)64’ by The Beatles and the live favorite (Jermain Stewarts worldwide hit) ‘We Don’t have to take our clothes off (to have a good time)’.
I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this was all a clever ruse, that someone was really behind the music, all Milli Vanilli style, that it was really just an elaborate prank. Then again, if that were the case, we’d be crestfallen. Big ups to the old folks.