Pop surrealist artist Mark Ryden released the covers of the 1890s song "Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)" by artists like Katy Perry, Tyler, the Creator, Nick Cave and more, on Sunday, May 11. Each artist puts their on spin on the classic song for Ryden's limited release album, The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell.
Ryden is most well-known for creating one of the album covers for Tyler the Creator's Wolf album (the one with an animated Tyler sitting on a bike). According to Billboard, the covers album of "Daisy Bell" was first released at the opening of Ryden's L.A. exhibit "The Gay 90s" on May 3. He enlisted Perry, Tyler, Cave, Metallica's Kirk Hammet, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh, Danny Elfman and more to cover the 1890s song.
Only 999 copies of "The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell" were made on vinyl record and half were sold for $99.99 at Ryden's exhibit, and the other half will be sold tomorrow, May 13, on MarkRyden.com. Proceeds from the limited release album will go toward Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit supporting music education in disadvantaged elementary schools.
In honor of The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell, Ryden released creepy video visuals to accompany some of the covers from the album. His art is featured in each clip as the artist's take on "Daisy Bell" plays on. For her short, but sweet version of "Daisy Bell," Perry goes the acoustic route. "And you'll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two," she sings in a bluesy performance.
In other Katy Perry news, she recently scored another top 40 hit from her No. 1 Prism album with "Birthday." Perry is currently on the road for The Prismatic World Tour. It touches down in the U.S. next month in Raleigh, NC.
Check out Mark Ryden's YouTube channel for the "Daisy Bell" videos from Katy Perry, Tyler, the Creator, Nick Cave and more.