Musician Andy Rehfeldt loves to turn metal songs into jazz tunes. His latest makeover? Transforming Metallica’s magnum opus Master of Puppets into something even dear old Mom and Dad would enjoy. Though at 5:00, we thought it was gonna segway into Get Lucky.
Musician John Tracey presents a medley of some theme songs from classic kids TV shows from the 1980s and 1990s, performed with a smooth fingerstyle vibe on his acoustic guitar. We can still never get enough of those DuckTales and Inspector Gadget themes.
An emotive orchestration of Soundgarden’s 1994 hit track performed by Break of Reality, with three cellos providing the melody and harmonies, and a djembe on the rhythm track. While no string instrument can replace Chris Cornell’s vocals, we still got the feels.
Guitarist Luca Stricagnoli presents another fantastic fingerstyle cover arrangement – taking on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2002 hit Can’t Stop on his triple-necked acoustic guitbass. The endlessly spinning camera made us a little queasy, but the music is worth a little dizziness.
A cool take on the 1964 Gloria Jones track Tainted Love – later made famous by Soft Cell, with a smooth and jazzy vibe from vocalist Nataly Dawn, and the production chops of Jack Conte, who expanded the duo of Pomplamoose to a full band for this live performance.
The sad clown with the golden voice turns in another soulful performance, with his take on the 1967 classic, made famous by Louis Armstrong. Puddles imbues it with a decidedly bittersweet undertone given some of the awful things going on in the world these days.
We recently came across this amazing arrangement of Radiohead’s hit Paranoid Android, performed as a series of layered cello tracks by musician George Durham, with the string instrument taking on duties of both the melodic and rhythmic parts of the 1996 classic.
Postmodern Jukebox teamed up with multitalented musician Gunhild Carling to transform hair band Europe’s 1986 hit The Final Countdown into a swinging dixieland jazz tune with vintage cabaret vocals. Bonus fact: most of Europe’s members and Gunhild are all Swedish.
With the passing of astrophysicist and big thinker Stephen Hawking, we decided to bump this back to our home page. So sit back and enjoy his charming performance of Monty Python’s Galaxy Song via his vocal synthesizer. Always look on the bright side of death.
Ten Second Songs‘ Anthony Vincent teamed up with synth sensation Seth Everman to perform the A-ha classic in a variety of styles, from the hip-gyrating Elvis Presley to the drunken bar sounds of Dropkick Murphys. They also gave Smashmouth’s All Star a little love too.
The musicians of Apartment Sessions turn in an energetic rendition of Queen’s 1976 classic Somebody to Love, as performed in the cozy confines of a New York City subway car. While nobody will ever sing like Freddie Mercury, they make up for it with sheer enthusiasm.
We love the way that Lake Street Dive incorporates the trumpet and swinging rhythms into their cover version of the 1985 A-ha classic, which we’re so used to hearing played on synthesizers. We’re also impressed with vocalist Rachael Price’s ability to hit that high note.
Guitarist Luca Stricagnoli impresses yet again with a fantastic fingerstyle trio of tracks by the godfathers of rave music The Prodigy: Invaders Must Die, Omen, and Voodoo People, performed while he wanders through seemingly endless stacks of freight containers.