Watch Jim Carrey Cover "Creep"and "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
Jim Carrey is determined not to fade away. Between his recent lead performance in I Love You Philip Morris, videotaped proclamation of his love for Emma Stone and often controversial Twitter activity, the 49-year-old actor has made sure he stays in the public eye.
But it seems he’s still not satisfied: On Friday night Carrey showed up at Arlene’s Grocery in Manhattan, hopped on stage and led the house band, Arlene’s World Famous Live Rock ‘n’ Roll Karaoke Band, through a three-song set of nostalgic covers.
Two of the three choices were classic ‘90s songs, a theme that meshes well with the recent wave of nostalgia for the decade of Web 1.0, good Nickelodeon shows and cheap gas. The covers in question, Radiohead’s “Creep” and The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Bullet with Butterfly Wings,” are both highly challenging songs to sing well—which makes it all the more hilarious (and ballsy) that Carrey chose to perform these in public.
He certainly doesn’t have the pipes of Thom Yorke or Billy Corgan, but in typical Carrey fashion he hammed it up on stage, dancing like a maniac and delivering a vocal performance that fluctuated from relatively decent (“Creep”) to endearingly bad (“Bullet”). Suffice to say, it made those lucky people in attendance happy.
The oddball third song was “I Started a Joke” by The Bee Gees, footage of which hasn’t yet surfaced. But you can watch the other two amusing interpretations below:
“Bullet with Butterfly Wings”