Obadiah Parker’s Acoustic Cover of Outkast’s “Hey Ya”


While I typically get mocked for my love of “garage band, emo, slit-my-wrist music” (PS according to my house music-obsessed friends that means bands like Connor Oberst, Death Cab for Cutie and the like :P), I think this acoustic cover of a once overly-played and never truly engaging song will slightly redeem me in their eyes. Outkast’s “Hey Ya” was of course a HUGE hit when it came out- but hey, so was Mambo #5… Still, the song wasn’t exactly what I would call… affective. NOW, in comes Mat Weddle, AKA Obadiah Parker (his band’s name). While this guy has no bling and no huge following up to his version’s release, his acoustic rendition of Andre 3000’s original is nothing short of brilliant and moving.

I am an absolute sucker for acoustic and for remixes of songs I’d once believed used for all they were worth (god that sounds like the last guy I dated ;), so this song has basically become my new obsession. Obadiah looks like a lumberjack teddy bear with his Rip Van Winkle beard and gentle demeanor. His powerful but emotive voice will definitely have you either playing this video more than a couple times or running for Limewire to bust this hit to the top of your “recently added” playlist.

I recommend searching for his “live” album via torrent once you’ve got the acoustic version of this song (while the live version is also great, there’s just something about that unplugged twang ;). My second fav from the compilation is “Idioteque”… takes about a minute to get started but well worth the wait.


  • I still like the Will Young (original UK Pop Idol winner) version. Go gays!

  • Adam

    Competition eh? Well, my guy could totally eat your guy! πŸ˜›

  • Topher

    …. Ignoring the fact that you compared one of the top songs of the DECADE to Mambo #5, this cover is pretty good. And it was good like 5 years ago when it came out.

    Now who’s the Johnny-come-lately πŸ˜›

  • Dan

    I love this, and will be laying in my bed with tears in my eyes listening to it later. From happiness, of course…

  • Dude

    Adam: How can someone so obnoxious, loud, and uncouth be into connor oberst? Hmmm. I’m confused…and slightly intrigued.

  • Braden

    Dude, listen to desaparecidos.

  • Yikes, who knew a youtube post would be so comment-controversial haha.
    Dude, i’m guessing we dated? πŸ˜‰ sorry i didn’t call back. x
    Topher, I knew about Glee from Lynch before they were even done taping the first episode, ya don’t hear me calling people who watch it now jonny-come-latelys πŸ˜‰ Obi didn’t just finish his second world tour or anything hehe.