It seems that few folks in the US had heard of Jessie J when VEVO started advertising the premier of “Price Tag” on every music video you might try to watch. Just because you hadn’t heard of her, though, doesn’t mean you didn’t know her music. Born Jessica Cornish, the UK songstress co-wrote Miley Cyrus’s ubiquitous, hate-it-so-much-you-love-it “Party in the USA.”
In a grand mishmash of a music-loving Anglophile’s dream, Liverpool indie rockers The Wombats just performed a set on BBC’s Live Lounge. They were a bit elusive about what song they were planning to perform, but commented that they saw the song performed live and “her voice is just absolutely insane; her voice is unbelievable.” For anybody who is familiar with the pop tune – especially after the radio host guessed at Jessie or Gaga – it was a fair hint when one of the band members asked, “am I gonna do this coconut man thing?”
The cover starts off slow, with oddly haunting synth-organs, but there’s already a sense of fun with some mumbled lyrics early on. The Wombats pick up the pace when they bring in the guitar and a subtle, galloping beat. The cheeriness keeps up with the “ah-ah-ah” singing and the sense of honesty they put into the anti-materialism of Jessie’s lyrics. As with any skilled songwriter, the talent shines through just as well when the music is put in someone else’s hands and voices. The Wombats don’t quite make the song their own, but they certainly have a good time with it and make sure that everyone listening can too.