When you find out that Fall Out Boy covered Michael Jackson’s Beat It, hopes are actually pretty high. And the band doesn’t disappoint. The song is most certainly Beat it, but it also definintely sounds like Fall Out Boy.
When Walk off the Earth covered Gotye’s Somebody that I used to know, they rightly got a lot of attention. This is cover is a lot of fun to watch (though I always have to wonder how many takes it took to get it).
You know what I love about this cover? Its that Ben Folds has taken a song heavy on synthetic sounds, and has it played on real instruments. The drum on the original is a drum machine, and the beat is a perfect rhythm, but its the imperfection here that I really love.
Back in the 80s, I was not a fan of Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill. It was only in much later that I started to appreciate the song itself. The first time I heard Placebo’s 2003 cover of the song, I stopped what I was doing to listen. The cover has an edge that appealed to me at the time. I still dig it.
Now had never heard of the Hillbenders until I started doing this “awesome covers projects” thing. But I really dig this cover of Pinball Wizard. They really get the feel of the original, while still making it 100% their own. I mean come on, a bluegrass Pinball Wizard? You’ve got me from the opening chords.