Taylor Swift “May Pass Out” Because Ryan Adams Is Recording A Cover Album Of 1989

Taylor Swift "May Pass Out" Because Ryan Adams Recording A Cover Album Of 1989

“Guaranteed saddest version of Welcome to New York ever,” Ryan Smith shared on his Instagram late last night in the recording studio.

In what should become the perfect Sunday evening album for your existential crisis, Ryan Adams is, in fact, currently recording a complete cover album of Taylor Swift’s 1989 in the style of The Smiths. Don’t believe me because this sounds like a headline from Lena Dunham’s email newsletter? Here’s all the evidence you need.

There are two types of people in this world: Taylor Swift fans and liars. I’ve been secretly listening to 1989 since it came out and it has yet to get stale. The only issue with the album that I’m not always in thhe bubbliest of moods, so taking the edge off with a Smiths-style cover album while enjoying a glass of a pinot is heaven sent.

Adams tossed up some previews of the recording session last night on Instagram, and it was vibe-y as hell.

Taylor Swift 1989 full album cover night 1. As played by the Smiths. W @totally_tod @cstavish @natelotz

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Yes, that is exactly what you’d expect the studio to look like for this. It’s almost as if Wes Anderson had his set designer’s on-hand to make sure everything about this was as Ryan Adams as possible, which I take zero issue with because Rushmore was a work of art.

Guaranteed saddest version of Welcome to New York ever – or your tears back

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I already have enough trouble holding tears back during “Welcome To New York,” so this will be a whole different beast.


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I don’t like “Style” — I love it. Let’s also hope he can make a masterpiece out of “Bad Blood” and my personal favorite “Out Of The Woods.” I’d put “I Know Places” up there as well, but she mixes up her metaphors in it which is hard to overcome for me.

#1989 Welcome to New York Way fun w the gang down at PaxAm.

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Banger after banger after banger. Here’s to hoping Ryan makes both Taylor and Morrissey proud.

[via Consequence Of Sound]

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Will deFries (Twitter / Instagram) is a Senior Writer at Grandex and the world's foremost authority on Sunday Scaries (Twitter / Instagram). Email me at

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