To be honest with you, we really hate LMFAO‘s “Sexy and I Know It“. The track is a perfect example of the bad trends in music in recent years. Maybe that’s why Noah Guthrie – the 18 year old musician from South Carolina, “secretly wanted to cover this song”.
The cover couldn’t be more different than the original. The lyrics finally found the right rhythm! In addition, Noah’s voice is unexpectedly… sexy. Kudos!
Noah – Sexy and I Know It
Released: 09/May/2012 on YouTube
Memorable line: “I’m sexy and I know it”
Genres: rock, indie, soul
Back in 1964, two members of the American rock band The Byrds wrote “You Showed Me”. The first and original version, however, was recorded by another band – The Turtles, and became their last hit in the US.
Object of many covers, one of the good ones is coming from the British The Lightning Seeds. They released it in 1997 and even included some loops and samplers from the original. And once again the track became one of the most successful for its band.
The Lightning Seeds- You Showed Me Released: 14/Apr/1997
Album: Dizzy Heights
Memorable line: “You showed me how to do, Exactly what you do, How I fell in love with you”
Genres: pop, britpop, synthpop, indie rock
“Running Up that Hill” is the most popular song of Kate Bush’s earlier years. Originally it was named “A Deal with God”, but was later changed due use of the word “God”. Giving the song a new name was successful, as well as giving it a new versions. The British Placebo covered the track and released it originally on the bonus disc of their album “Sleeping with Ghosts”, and soon included it on another one: “Covers”.
Placebo – Running Up that Hill
Label: Hut Records, Astralwerks
Memorable line: “You and me, be running up that hill”
Genres: rock, indie rock, alternative rock
It’s not a secret that the Belgian-Australian musician Gotye wrote “Somebody That I Used to Know” inspired by his own experiences with relationships. But six months later, five other people covered, sang, and played the same song, which figuratively illustrates that we all have these particular experiences with relationships.
These five are Walk off the Earth – a Canadian indie band. The way they played this cover is more than impressive: ten hands on a single guitar. Beautiful.
Walk off the Earth – Somebody That I Used to Know
Memorable line: “Now you’re just somebody that I used to know”
Genres: indie rock, pop
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