Chronic Cover Songs for 420: The Dewars Swing in "All the Jive Is Gone/Reefer Man" Banger
We were bummed to hear that our favorite musical identical-twin brothers, Anthony and Zachary Dewar , were leaving their suburban West Palm Beach abode to the even more suburban, cutesy, bed-and-breakfast-filled Spanish colonial town of St. Augustine. This was both for the group's eclectic, off-centered Leonard Cohen-meets-Syd Barrett tunes as much as for their infamous band-filled house parties.
Leave it to the random Dewar brothers to dish out the most uncanny, unforeseen cover that New Times ' Chronic Cover Songs series has heard so far. Moving past the fog-filled '80s and the psychedelic '60s and '70s, the Dewars sweep us to a time when the government was using propaganda techniques to frighten Americans into believing that just one toke of a joint could actually lead a person to hopeless insanity, murder, or overt sexuality (hmmm, we still can reasonably debate the latter), the 1930s. Don't believe us? Peep this video here .
Anthony and Zachary took it upon themselves to cover not just one but two of the swing era's more pro-cannabis hits, "All the Jive Is Gone," by Andy Kirk and the Twelve Clouds of Joy, and "Reefer Man," by Cab Calloway. Quite a bold choice and a curious undertaking for two guys barley in their 20s.
The Dewar brothers bring a vaudevillian flair to their mishmash interpretation here, with a lackadaisical pace delivered over piano keys that seem time-warped straight from a dusty Prohibition-era gin mill.
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