Festivals often entice artists to perform covers. What better way to convert the uninitiated than by drawing them in with a song they know and then (ideally) hooking them by transforming it into your sound? This past weekend’s Lollapalooza, though, seemed to offer even more cover performances than usual. Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune even christened Saturday “#80snight” to keep track of all the ‘80s covers performed.
We already heard one Lolla cover, with the Mountain Goats covering Styx’s “Babe” (from September 1979, which almost fits the trend). Now we present a more complete roundup of covers performed at Lollapalooza. Below, find videos of covers performed by Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Lykke Li (x2), Foster the People, Young Man, A Perfect Circle, The Vaccines, Lissie, Patrick Stump, Ween, and Walk the Moon. These last two, in face, actually cover the same song, David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” (from, you got it, the ‘80s).
Note: We know of at least a dozen more covers that don’t have videos circulating yet. If you find any, please let us know in the comments. Follow @covermesongs on Twitter to find out when we update this post with more.
– Update #1: Videos added for Fitz and the Tantrums covering the Raconteurs and Eurythmics, Local Natives covering Talking Heads, and Julia Easterlin covering Björk and Pixies.
– Update #2: Video added for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. covering Gil Scott-Heron.
– Update #3: Video added for Little Hurricane covering Bill Withers.
A Perfect Circle – Imagine (John Lennon cover)
A Perfect Circle – When the Levee Breaks (Led Zeppelin cover)
Coldplay – Rehab (Amy Winehouse cover) / Fix You
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – We Almost Lost Detroit (Gil Scott-Heron cover)
Dom – Boys Don’t Cry (The Cure cover)
Fitz and the Tantrums – Steady As She Goes (The Raconteurs cover)
Fitz and the Tantrums – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (Eurythmics cover)
Foo Fighters – Young Man Blues (The Who/Mose Allison cover)
Foster the People – Heart of Gold (Neil Young cover)
J. Roddy Walston and the Business – Lucille (Little Richard cover)
Julia Easterlin – Break My Body (Pixies cover)
Julia Easterlin – Unison (Björk cover)
Lissie – Pursuit of Happiness (Kid Cudi cover) [bad sound]
Little Hurricane – Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers cover)
Lykke Li – Please Stay (The Drifters cover)
Lykke Li – Silent Shout (The Knife cover)
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