Taylor Swift did a cover of Earth, Wind, and Fire’s iconic hit September. Unfortunately for the singer, fans made it clear they weren’t feeling it.
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Swift might have had good intentions when she released the song and gave a nod to the group that presented her with a Grammy back in 2016. Still, fans didn’t see it that way. They went off on Twitter just moments after it hit the internet.
Taylor Swift: Do you remember the 28th night of September?
Me: pic.twitter.com/I5YljpJK2n — Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) April 13, 2018
One fan hinted that they cried because of the change.
Taylor Swift says 28th of September instead of 21st September pic.twitter.com/NETxEuolN4 — hazal (@hazalison) April 12, 2018
More Critics Respond
Another said Swift went way too far with the cover.
i just listened to the new taylor swift cover of september by earth wind and fire pic.twitter.com/0tkv2vYYbI — Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) April 13, 2018
One fan wrote that it sounds like a generic version of the original.
That Taylor Swift cover of "September" sounds like housing discrimination — Zito (@_Zeets) April 13, 2018
One tweeter said he’s completely ruined after listening to the song.
Hearing Taylor Swift sing Earth Wind and Fire's "September" has killed my spirit! — Jason Elias (@Zebop) April 13, 2018
One joked that the cover was a ploy to get the attention of President Donald Trump’s drama.
The Taylor Swift cover of Earth, Wine & Fire's 'September' is just a distraction engineered by the Trump administration — Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) April 13, 2018
A fan suggested they got physically sick after listening to the song.
I just convulsed and gagged listening to @taylorswift13 ‘s version of September — Elise (@elisehausman13) April 13, 2018
One kept it simple and said they want their money back after purchasing the song.
Is there a way to Venmo request Taylor Swift because I just listened to her cover of September and I want a refund — K8 (@katekwall) April 13, 2018
Twitter wasn’t the only outlet that listeners used to come for Swift’s cover. Monique Judge of The Root had lots to say in her latest column. She first relayed her message in the title, “Taylor Swift Just Disrespected Earth, Wind & Fire With Her Cover of ‘September.’”
She added that she hoped Swift’s song was a joke for Friday the 13th. She went on to say that Swift, who she said “has all the range of dial tone,” doesn’t have the skill to perform or cover a song of the original caliber.
“Maurice White did not die for this,” said Judge.
White was a member of Earth, Wind, and Fire who passed away from Parkinson’s in 2016 at 74.
Fans Defend Swift
Still, not all fans on Twitter had something bad to say about Swift’s now controversial release.
One pointed out that other popular hits are covers as well.
people who are mad at Taylor Swift for changing the genre of September are the same people who think I Will Always Love You is an original Whitney Houston song — Love, Christian (@ikywtoutsold) April 13, 2018
Another said critics of the song can simply not listen to it.
angry about taylor swift’s september cover? fear not for i have a stunningly elegant and creative solution! step 1: don’t listen to it step 2: continue to not listen to it step 3: repeat — leading sessioner prosecutor (@kohesivekloss) April 13, 2018
One said Swift’s cover was revenge after Sean “P. Diddy” Combs covered a few rock songs himself.
Remember when Puffy ruined Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” and The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”? Payback time. #taylorswift #september — Wally O' Dim (@ccharles25) April 13, 2018
Another pointed out that Swift’s cover isn’t the first.
For everyone mad at @taylorswift13 it’s been covered plenty of times before lol #EarthWindAndFire #September pic.twitter.com/5o5o83DLHa — Bleak (@BleakSolo) April 13, 2018
Swift has yet to respond to the backlash.
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