Today we bring you more Cee-Lo Green, but—in a shocking turn of events—it’s not another cover of “Fuck You” (for those, see here, here, and here). Instead, it’s Green again showing himself to be up on the latest sounds by covering Kings of Leon’s “Radioactive,” the lead single off the band’s new album Come Around Sundown. Green’s crack band blends acoustic riffing and some muted soul piano. But, as usual, there’s nothing mute about Green. He ends the thing scatting around the line “Don’t forget where you came from.”
“What we have in common is that we’re all good old country boys,” he told BBC host Jo Whiley about his connection to the Kings. “That video really reminded me of home, so I have a personal connection to that song.”
When he hits those falsetto notes—well, the Kings might as well just retire their version. He owns it now. Check it out below. As we mentioned yesterday, Green’s “sophisticated” new album The Lady Killer drops next Tuesday, but you can stream it now at NPR.