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Bad Sounds

Bad Sounds

Sushi Ramen Rick is a tough guy, like it really rough guy. At least that’s what we got out of his goofy cover version of Billie Eilish’s hit that he made primarily using sounds produced by smacking himself about, and a weird musical instrument that looks like something from a Blue Man Group x Dr. Seuss collaboration.

Gorillaz Fingerstyle

Gorillaz Fingerstyle

Like much of the world, Italian guitarist Luca Stricagnoli is staying put during the COVID-19 outbreak. But that hasn’t stopped him from playing like a boss while wearing his respirator mask. Luca’s performance of Gorillaz’ track Clint Eastwood is a uplifting dose of what we need during these trying times. The future is coming on…

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Metal Mad World

Metal Mad World

The Tears for Fears track Mad World has had two very strong showings over the years. Now we have a third variant, with the Melodicka Bros turning in a very solid hard rock arrangement of the song, expressing the song’s lyrics with a bit more anger than sorrow.

Yellow: Korean Style

Yellow: Korean Style

Musician Luna Lee once again makes the strings of her gayageum sing, this time with an excellent cover version of Coldplay’s Y2K track Yellow. We’re always in awe of the nuanced vibrato she’s able to produce with her instrument.

The Naked and Famous: Blinding Lights

The Naked and Famous: Blinding Lights

New Zealand indie band The Naked and Famous dropped by Australia’s Triple J studios, where they put their unique spin onto The Weeknd’s 2020 hit Blinding Lights, picking up on the track’s 1980s-inspired electronic sounds, while Alisa Xayalith’s vocals give it a warmer and richer sound.

Remote Choir

Remote Choir

A group of students form California’s Chino Valley Unified School District were supposed to have a live choir performance, but their show was canceled due to COVID-19. But they turned lemons into lemonade by recording each of their parts of Somewhere Over the Rainbow at home, then posted the mix for the world to enjoy.

King of the Hill Cover

King of the Hill Cover

Musician jbrooks95 shows off his multi-instrumental talents with a cover of The Refreshments’ memorable theme music from Mike Judge’s animated classic King of the Hill. We love how he incorporated the beer can, and used a cymbal to make the triangle sound.

Crazy Acoustic Cover

Crazy Acoustic Cover

Musician Kent Nishimura shows off his fingerstyle acoustic guitar chops yet again with a bright, crisp, and richly-layered cover version of Gnarls Barkley’s 2009 hit track Crazy, a song which seems like the perfect anthem for 2020.

Super Mario Bros. 2 Acoustic

Super Mario Bros. 2 Acoustic

Musician Sam Griffin performs an acoustic classical guitar cover of the tricky Overworld theme from Super Mario Bros. 2, and says its “basically the hardest thing” he’s ever played. If you play guitar and think you’re up to the challenge, you can grab the tabs as a Patreon supporter.

Leonid & Friends: Vehicle

Leonid & Friends: Vehicle

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the The Ides of March track Vehicle, Russian band Leonid & Friends proves once again that they can rock out the big sounds of 1970s funk rock with a fantastic performance, packed with thick horns, a crisp rhythm section, and Leonid passionately belting out the lead vocals.

Take Five: Harmonica Cover

Take Five: Harmonica Cover

Cy Leo, Ivan Chong, Jerry Wong, and Ramiel Leung of the quartet Perfect Fourth turn in a perfectly executed cover version of the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s cool jazz classic Take Five, replacing the piano, drums, flute, and alto sax of the original with harmonicas. They also do a mean version of the William Tell Overture.

Sweet Recorder of Mine

Sweet Recorder of Mine

He’s got a flute it seems to me, reminds me of childhood memories… Musician Danilo D’Ambrosio performs an unexpected cover version of the Guns N’ Roses classic Sweet Child O’ Mine using a variety of wind instruments, including a couple of recorders and whistles.

Feel Good Inc. on Stylophone

Feel Good Inc. on Stylophone

Steady, watch me navigate, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Stylophone maestro maromaro1337 performs a great multitrack cover of Gorillaz and De La Soul’s earworm Feel Good Inc., using nothing but inexpensive analog synths to take the place of the vocal and instrumental tracks.

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Bad Guy on Pumpkins

Bad Guy on Pumpkins

Yeah, yeah, we know. Billie Eilish’s megahit Bad Guy has been covered enough times already. But we couldn’t resist posting Pupsi’s version, performed entirely on pumpkins. Enjoy the extended version, complete with pumpkin carving here.

9 to 5 by 5

9 to 5 by 5

Coffee not kicked in yet? Get your day started on the right foot with this energetic all-brass cover version of Dolly Parton’s 1980 hit 9 to 5, performed in five parts by musician Seb Skelly. It’s basically like this one guy is an entire Dixieland marching band. Sheet music available here.

New Jack Spring Yard Zone

New Jack Spring Yard Zone

The 8-Bit Big Band takes on a track from the 16-bit era, with an appropriately New Jack Swing interpretation of the music from Sonic the Hedgehog’s notoriously tricky Spring Yard Zone level. The only thing it’s missing are the sounds of the bouncy bumpers and gold rings being collected.

SILENZIUM: Enjoy the Silence

SILENZIUM: Enjoy the Silence

Russian string trio SILENZIUM performs a vibrant cover of the 1990 Depeche Mode classic Enjoy the Silence, putting their own unique spin on the ballad with a nod or two to the original’s music video.

Fly Me to the Moon, Kid

Fly Me to the Moon, Kid

Little Miumiu may only be six years old, but she’s got more talent in her tiny little fingers than most of us have in our big adult hands. Here, she works her magic to charm the Internet with an adorable and endearing cover of the Kaye Ballard/Bart Howard classic “Fly Me to the Moon” (aka “In Other Words“)

Wish You Were Here on Ukulele

Wish You Were Here on Ukulele

During an appearance at Paste Magazine’s NYC studio, the talented Jake Shimabukuro performed a soulful rendition of Pink Floyd’s classic, eking crazy amounts of emotion out of his little ukulele. While there he also played Bohemian Rhapsody, his original When The Masks Come Down, and Hawaiian folk song Wai’ alae.

You’re the Funk That I Want

You’re the Funk That I Want

We’ve seen lots of productions of Grease over the years, but never one quite this hip. Vocalists Antwaun Stanley and Therese Curatolo join the funkmeisters of Scary Pockets for the grooviest duet of “You’re the One That I Want” we’ve ever heard.

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Knight Rider on Devices

Knight Rider on Devices

Device Orchestra plays a cover version of the classic theme song from Knight Rider on a variety of clicking and vibrating gadgets, including a typewriter, a pair of credit card terminals, and an electric toothbrush in a black leather jacket. Though we wish he got an R/C Trans Am to play KITT.

Country Roads: Cyberpunk Edition

Country Roads: Cyberpunk Edition

Melodicka Bros ask the question, “What if John Denver came from a different universe to bring us some electro cyberpunk industrial synthwave sci-fi futuristic metal vibes?” They answer it with a wild arrangement of Take Me Home, Country Roads that sounds like something Depeche Mode might have recorded.

Video Game Stylophone Medley

Video Game Stylophone Medley

Electronic musician Maro Maro lets his hands fly with an impressive medley of video game music performed on pair of stylophones. He had to tune the rudimentary analog synthesizers to different ranges in order to produce a wider range of notes.

I Wanna Be Sedated by Dulcimer

I Wanna Be Sedated by Dulcimer

The dulcimer usually is associated with the kind of music you’d hear at a renaissance festival. But musician Sam Edelston believes the stringed instrument is “among the world’s coolest.” Listen up as he plays some truly rockin’ cover versions from the Ramones, Black Sabbath, and David Bowie.

Without Me on Guitar

Without Me on Guitar

Guess who’s back, back again. Luca’s back, tell a friend. The very talented Luca Stricagnoli follows up his fingerstyle guitar arrangements of Lose Yourself and The Real Slim Shady with a simply phenomenal cover of Eminem’s 2002 hit Without Me.

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