Still can’t get enough of Tiger King? Some metal bands take on covers of Joe Exotic’s country songs

I have a theory about why Tiger King has been such a phenomenon on Netflix: With all of us living such a weird existence in the midst of COVID-19, we need something even weirder to make us feel a little closer to normal. And Tiger King is nowhere near normal.

We can dissect the show in a million different ways, but let’s zero in on Joe Exotic’s penchant for (allegedly) writing and singing country songs. Those who have investigated that part of the show know that Joe was merely lip-syncing or singing quietly to tracks recorded and sung by someone else.

It was only a matter of time before people started covering these songs.

Let’s start with the (ahem) hit, “Here Kitty Kitty” in which Joe calls out his enemy Carole Baskin. This comes from Everyone Dies in Utah.

Next, we have Matt Heafy from Trivium and his version of Joe’s anthem, “I Saw a Tiger.”

There’s more coming, too. You just know it.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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