Goofy mash-up band names have been around since time immemorial (we’re looking at you, Brian Jonestown Massacre and E=MC Hammer), so it was only a matter of time before someone combined unkillable ’80s holdover Bon Jovi with the criminally underreported Bon Iver. The result? Bon Joviver, of course.
As realized by New York City band Miracles Of Modern Science, Bon Joviver is pretty much what you would expect: a bunch of dudes in knit hats sitting around a candle-lit table, singing “You Give Love A Bad Name” in an irritatingly lovely falsetto. The short clip is a remarkably spot-on facsimile of Bon Iver’s M.O., however, and seems destined to change the way we think of both artists. Is Bon Jovi really so bad? Is the Bon Iver thing really this easy to pull off? Will Peter Cetera finally come looking for royalties for “Beth/Rest”?