Father John Misty made up Lou Reed dream story because he was 'annoyed at the media'

Singer was so shocked at reaction to his covers of Taylor Swift in the style of the Velvet Underground that he made up a story to prove the media ‘will print anything’. And he was proved right

Prepare for disappointment, fans of the supernatural in pop. It turns out Father John Misty – aka Josh Tillman – was not visited in his dreams by Lou Reed telling him to remove his Taylor-Swift-in-the-style-of-the-Velvet-Underground covers from the internet.

Tillman recently posted versions of Blank Space and Welcome to New York online, after his tour manager had been listening to Ryan Adams’ cover of 1989. He told 91.9 WFPK Radio Louisville the songs took him an hour to make, and he was shocked by the response.

“By the time I got back to the bus that night,” he said, “my TM was like, ‘It’s the top trend on Facebook! It’s on USA Today!’, and I was like, ‘This is ridiculous,’ so I went and took them down, thinking, ‘Now that’s over.’”

But when people – including the Taylor Swift organisation – started asking why he had removed the tracks, he issued a statement saying Reed had appeared in his dreams and told him to do so.

“I was annoyed at the media,” he said. “I was like, ‘These people will print anything’, so I went and gave them the most fraudulent, the most blatantly absurd, unprintable piece of surrealistic nonsense – and they printed it.”


Though the Swift covers have been removed from Soundcloud, you can still find both Welcome to New York and Blank Space on YouTube. They are well worth listening to, if you have not already heard them.


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