Maybe Andrew W.K. Should Just Let Us Down

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I’ve always considered Andrew W.K.’s music to be nothing short of pathetic. Recently, upon reading about what a sham his (and some fool named Steev Mike??) entire act is, I’ve come to accept his every little biographical and creative detail to be nothing short of pathetic.

After reading that article, and some additional internet seeking, I decided to check out some of his (their?) recent music to see how his new ‘sound’ is… well, it turns out, he’s bordering on taking existing songs and lyrics and then shuffling stanzas to create an element of confusion.  Take, for example, rickroller Rick Astley’s again famous “Never Gonna Give You Up” from Whenever You Need Somebody (1987), compared to Andrew W.K.’s “Never Let Down” from The Wolf (2003):

Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up”

We’re no strangers to love
You know the rules and so do I
A full commitment’s what I’m thinking of
You wouldn’t get this from any other guy

I just wanna tell you how I’m feeling
Gotta make you understand

Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

We’ve known each other for so long
Your heart’s been aching but you’re too shy to say it
Inside we both know what’s been going on
We know the game and we’re gonna play it

And if you ask me how I’m feeling
Don’t tell me you’re too blind to see

Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

(Ooh give you up)
(Ooh give you up)
(Ooh) never gonna give, never gonna give (give you up)
(Ooh) never gonna give, never gonna give (give you up)

We’ve known each other for so long
Your heart’s been aching but you’re too shy to say it
Inside we both know what’s been going on
We know the game and we’re gonna play it

I just wanna tell you how I’m feeling
Gotta make you understand

Andrew W.K. “Never Let Down”

Never wanna break your heart
Never wanna make you cry
Never wanna give up and die

Even if you can’t stand up
Even if you lose your life
I’m a friend by your side
You’re never gonna be alone

You can never let down
Never let down
You can never let down
Never let down

Never wanna make mistakes
Never wanna do no wrong
Never have a place to belong

And I’m never gonna leave you out
If you ever lose your way
Not alone or betrayed
I’m always gonna be around

You can never let down
Never let down

You’re doing alright
You’re doing ok
Just follow your heart
And don’t run away

You can never let down

You’re doing alright
You’re doing ok
Just follow your heart
And don’t run away

You can never let down

You’re doing alright
You’re doing ok
Just follow your heart
And don’t run away

Never wanna break your heart

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