The Museum of Classic Chicago Television aka FuzzyMemories.TV dusted off this classic from the wonderful world of Jim Henson. This is the original 1969 versio of Mah-Na, Mah-Na, a skit that would later gain fame on The Muppet Show. The tune was originally created for a crazy Italian mondo flick, Sweden Heaven and Hell.
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Marcin Patrzalek is one of the most talented guitarists we’ve ever heard. Listen to his amazing fingerstyle arrangement of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir performed in an unlikely place – inside a parking garage. Be sure to check out his YouTube and TikTok channels for more incredible music, like his cover of Still D.R.E.
Ukranian folk-rock cover band Sedo i Ludy offers their unique spin on the Bon Jovi track It’s My Life, with a rollicking cover version that combines bluegrass with traditional Russian folk sounds. About halfway through it turns into a Haircut 100 version of the James Bond theme song.
There’s been quite an uptick in musicians performing popular songs in a medieval style known as “Bardcore.” Algal the Bard shared this Bardcore version of the theme from The Mandalorian. It sounds great, but not all that different from Ludwig Göransson’s original, which incorporated some exotic sounds to begin with.
Led by artist Tim Wakefield, Soundwaves Art Foundation creates dynamic prints based on audio waveforms from popular music. The non-profit collaborates with musicians to sign the works, then donates 100% of the profits to charities supporting refugee rights, social justice, music education, and COVID relief worldwide.
Frank Maglio’s Amazon parrot Tico likes to sing along when Frank gets out his guitar. So sit back and enjoy a avian little serenade as the bird does its best Robert Plant impression, and embellishes Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven with a bit of whistling.
Invented in the 1950s, but rarely seen, the Cristal Baschet is a musical instrument that produces sounds by stroking a series of glass rods attached to metal rods. The ethereal sounds it produces are the perfect complement to Hans Zimmer’s theme from Interstellar, performed here by Marc Chouarain at SFL Studio Féerique.
Created by Brendan Becker aka Inverse Phase in 2012, Pretty Eight Machine is an awesome tribute to the music of Nine Inch Nails, performed on 8-bit gaming and computer sound chips. Now, you can pre-order it as a vinyl double album. The set includes 13 tracks from the SE release, and will be pressed on splatter art discs.
Eshan Denipitiya celebrates his love for the music of Queen with a virtuosic medley of tunes performed on a Yamaha grand piano. Watch and listen as his fingers fly across the ivories with classical arrangements of We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, and We Are the Champions.
When you sing a song, there are usually lyrics written down somewhere. But we never thought that way about beatboxing until now. Vocal master verbalese takes notes on the mouth sounds he makes to help explain his process, and to document his tunes so they can be replicated. More beatboxing lyrics here and here.
Musician Astrophysics takes songs from various genres, and slathers them with a thick layer of 1980s electronic sounds, then complements them with appropriately retro graphics. There’s lots of great stuff to enjoy on their YouTube channel, but this synthwave remix of Outkast’s 2003 hit Hey Ya! is our favorite (so far.)
Over the years, we’ve heard lots of covers of tunes from the Super Mario Bros. games, but vocalist Kohl Kitzmiller went all-in with this multi-track a cappella medley of 40 tracks from throughout Nintendo’s most popular video game franchise. This man has got some serious vocal range.
New Orleans-based violinist Dominique Hammons was playing at a wedding when he busted out into an epic and electric solo that got the whole crowd going. In case you’re unfamiliar with the tune, it’s the New Orleans Saints’ unofficial anthem Choppa Style. We love his cover of 2Pac’s California Love too.
Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver) directed this documentary about musicians Ron and Russel Mael, aka Sparks. The enigmatic and criminally underappreciated duo has been defying conventions since the 1970s and continues to make compelling music today. It’s tentatively scheduled for release 10.2021.
Proving you most definitely can’t judge a book by its cover, musicians Allen Stone and Teddy Swims do Daryl Hall and John Oates proud, belting out a fantastically soulful duet of Hall’s 1978 love letter to his girlfriend, the classic track Sara Smile. (Thanks Craig!)
Searching for Bigfoot? Perhaps he’s moved to Australia. At least that’s what we gleaned from this cover version of Men at Work’s 1981 unofficial national anthem Down Under, performed by Saxsquatch. The video also made us wonder if Bigfoots like Vegemite sandwiches, or if they can even fit in a fried-out Kombi.
Singer and voiceover artist Tim Storms holds two significant world records – the lowest vocal note sung by a male, as well as the greatest male vocal range – an insane 10 octaves. In this performance of Lonesome Road for Alpha Sound, his deep sub-Bass voice will shake your subwoofers and rattle your bones.
OK Go has covered the Zombies classic This Will Be Our Year on multiple occasions. Now lead singer and guitarist Damian Kulash is here with a chill-inducing solo version of the track which offers a quiet, yet hopeful perspective on things to come. Download both versions of the track here.
Musician Alex Melton is back with another song remade in the pop-punk style of Blink-182. This time, he did it with the Barenaked Ladies track One Week, complete with Chickity China, the Chinese chicken. We wonder if this could be done with any 1990s song. We’d like to request TMBG’s Birdhouse in Your Soul.
Something about Radiohead’s music lends itself very well to being played on string instruments. Zack Reaves‘ multi-track performance of Everything In Its Right Place is a perfect example, as the warm and expressive sounds of the cello bring out even more emotion in the track. He also did a great cover of Burn the Witch.