Bizarre Music Covers that Surprisingly Work
Sometimes life gives you lemons, other times it just gives you bizarre music covers. As a celebration of their ten year anniversary, Rockabye Baby, the children’s lullaby label, has released a compilation album titled Birthday Party, which covers classics from David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” to LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends,” while also, somehow, incorporating Pitbull and P!nk into the mix. What happened to lullabies like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or “Row Your Boat?” Regardless, the songs are surprisingly great, which is why we compiled five other cover songs that shouldn’t work in theory, but are actually kind of incredible.
“The Last Time,” Andrew Oldham Orchestra
There have been plenty of Rolling Stones covers—both good and bad, but this instrumental, sitar-sounding version of “The Last Time” (a song which sounds kinda country on its own) is pure genius. Add to it the fact that Andrew Oldham’s cover became the template for The Verve’s classic one-hit-wonder “Bittersweet Symphony,” and this is pretty much golden. While all three iterations are great for their own reasons, the magic of Oldham’s intricately pieced cover is perfect for every occasion.
“Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Arctic Monkeys
What do you get when you pair up a hip-hop sad boi anthem with an indie-rock sad boi band? Magic, of course. Alex Turner’s sexy crooning is perfect alongside Drake’s contemporary classic, which makes us daydream of a collaboration between the two. Imagine all the sexy sadness these guys could put into one project? The thought alone is making us perspire.
“Knights In White Satin,” Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder is one of the pioneers of the electro-disco genre, so the idea of him covering the Moody Blues’ “Nights In White Satin”—one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful songs of all time—might seem confusing. However, this is Giorgio goddamn Moroder, and everything he touches turns to gold, with this cover being no exception. The song is broken up into two parts for radio edit purposes, but the full track version runs at a hefty 14 minutes and 44 seconds. Who knew melancholy anthems could also be pre-gaming jams?
“Comfortably Numb,” Scissor Sisters
Similar to “Nights in White Satin,” the Pink Floyd classic is one of the most heart wrenching anthems of all time. The idea of gay-nightlife mavens Scissor Sisters covering “Comfortably Numb” might seem daunting, but to our pleasant surprise, they nail the adaptation, respecting the darkness and solitude of the song’s message while simultaneously making you want to get up and dance the pain away.
“My Humps,” Alanis Morissette
Of all the covers on this list, Alanis Morissette putting her signature slow-down grave voice spin on Fergie’s song is the most bizarre, which is why it’s also the most magical. Who knows what prompted the singer of such classics like “You Oughta Know” and “Hands Clean” to cover the hyper-sexual 2000s banger, or why she filmed a replica of the music video starring herself, but when shit like this happens you don’t question it…you just go with the flow.
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