How have I not seen this earlier? It’s brilliant!
Back in April, George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain released a lockdown cover of Kraftwerk’s The Model, embracing the restrictions of self-isolation to come up with some remarkably witty visuals.
The ukulele really is the instrument of the future.
Funk Turkey is a pseudonym and stage name of Arkansas parody/comedy musician and producer Kirt Connor who wrote a bot.
By sucking up all of the lyrics from actual AC/DC songs and using a Markov Chain to semi-randomly generate a “new” song based on the band’s existing lyrics.
And then he recorded it.
There hasn’t been enough Tom Jones on this blog this year so let’s go back to 1999 when he recorded a version of Talking Heads’ Burning Down the House with Swedish rock band The Cardigans.
The song was recorded for Jones’ album of collaborations, Reload and, in common with the other tracks on the album, the recording was made with the collaborators’ choice of producer and studios. Tn this case Tore Johansson and Tambourine Studios in Malmö, Sweden.
The track was released as the lead single from the album and was a huge hit across Europe and beyond.
Goldfinger is a band that has been around since the early 1990s. Their third LP, Stomping Ground was released in 2000 and enjoyed some European success on the back of their cover of Nena’s 99 Red Balloons which — rather impressively — is sung partly in German.
And now they have a quarantine version, which is even better.
I know I’ve already mentioned Skameleon a couple of times in the past, but their lockdown edition of Carl Douglas’ Kung Fu Fighting is remarkably cheerful, and well worth seeing.
I have to admit that I have long thought of The Toy Dolls as a novelty band. This, I think, is primarily down to their, frankly brilliant, version of Nellie the Elephant.
The band is still going and, while they still have a superb sense of humour, they also are a lot more talented than I remembered. This they very effectively demonstrate when they take on Johann Sebastian Bach.
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) was one of the many memorable songs released by Eurhythmics back when I was young. But what would happen if you threw in the riff from The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army?
German Ska band Skameleon decided to find out.
In This Moment is an alternative metal band formed in Los Angeles by singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth.
They are still going today and rheir most recent album, Mother, was released last month.
Their cover of Blondie’s Call Me comes from an earlier album. Visually, Brink’s look makes for quite a contrast when compared to the more generic nu-metal stylings of the rest of the band.
Led by Dolores O’Riordan’s unique voice, The Cranberries were one of the more successful alternative rock bands to emerge in the 1990s.
In her cover of Zombie, possibly The Cranberries’ most powerful song, The Snake Charmer effectively demonstrates just how powerful an emotional range can be achieved… with bagpipes.
Watch it, it’s superb
If, like me, you have spent way too much time watching terrible low-budget action films, Finnish country band Steve ‘n’ Seagulls will appeal to you for their name alone.
The band specialises in playing bluegrass versions of well known rock and metal songs, including Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters.
This song has banjos!