It takes an audacious kind of talent to even attempt a cover of one of the most prolific bands of the last half century, and an even more special kind to nail one.
Enter Brooklyn’s Illicit Ghost and her darkly synthful take on Pink Floyd’s caustic Capitalist Manifesto “Money.” Ditching the 7/4 time signature of the original, IG’s self-produced spin relies more on swelling riffs and a looming bassline to convey her funereal take down of contemporary greed. Add in a raw vocal presence and you’ve got a complete critique. She says of the track:
Life is not about how much money you have, spent, or made…it’s about enriching each other’s lives with kindness, creativity and positivity. I thought about writing my own song about money but didn’t dare attempt it. When it comes to money, no one can say it better than Pink Floyd.
But no cover would be complete without a nod to the original; the signature cash register and coin smattering sound effects strewn throughout are still intact and still imperative.
An impressive version to say the least, stream below, grab a copy courtesy of AWAL, and spread some love socially: