Part two is completely dedicated the awesomeness of the video cover, and at the top of my list is Lykke Li’s cover of Rick Ross’ Hustlin’…naturally. If you’re so inclined check out Part 1 of Top 3: Song Covers.
What did I say about awesome Swedish people, huh? Lykke Li’s energetic display in her performance at Not To Be Reproduced in Los Angeles, is something I want to witness in the flesh before mine expires. “Don’t you got any Jobs? Aren’t you like working hard?” Gosh I love her; and the fact that she nailed this cover of Rick Ross’ Hustlin’ with Björn Yttling on guitar makes me love her that much more.
The Next cover is by The Noisettes whose electrifying track “Don’t Upset the Rhythm” was on repeat in my library for weeks. They covered The Killer’s “When You Were Young” to earn major cool points in my very own book of awesome, and there is so much win about this cover that I hardly know where to begin gushing about it. Should I start with all the reasons why this cover is perfect from the angle of the lead singer, Shoniwa Shinghai’s awesomeness? Or should I tackle it from the angle of my completely unwavering love for all things The Killers? I really don’t know, so just watch the video and enjoy it as much as I did.
The third cover is by Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine. Now, not only do I absolutely love the one hit wonder from Mario Wynans: “I Don’t Wanna Know”, I never imagined that Florence Welch would cover it. I especially love when she says the obvious: “I don’t really know that much about Mario Wynan as an artiste…this is kind of the only song of his that I’ve heard…” Join the club.
Some very honourable mentions are:
My Terrible Friend’s cover of “Holy Roller Novocain”–this is a band I only discovered after their cover of King’s of Leon’s “Holy Roller Novocain” was featured on Youtube. Anyone that covers King’s of Leon with this level of brilliance gets a permanent spot in my hardly existing book of awesomeness. Click through to watch My Terrible Friend’s King’s of Leon cover on Youtube.
Framing Hanley’s cover of Lil’ Wayne’s Lollipop–the cover is so amazingly great that I prefer their rock version to Lil’ Wayne’s rap version. Really. Click through to watch Framing Hanley’s Lollipop cover on youtube.