As you would expect from a band featuring “seven ukeleles, an accordion, and a box,” Californian collective the Ooks of Hazzard has a very distinctive sound. The Ooks’ cheerful cover of MGMT’s “Kids” has racked up hundreds of thousands of YouTube hits, making them a verified cover-vid phenomenon. This week they returned to YouTube to release a short documentary detailing their creative process in shaping covers, offering a glimpse of several tracks in the process.
Though the documentary clocks in at only seven minutes, the Ooks manage to perform parts of “Kids” along with Radiohead’s “Subterranean Homesick Alien,” Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California,” and Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Covering all the tracks on ukelele gives the covers a certain uniformity, but it’s interesting to see what the Ooks can do when pairing their island sound with such an assortment of genres. Online favorite “Kids” is the standout of the collection, but all four tracks would make a welcome addition to any summer playlist. You can watch the mini-documentary below.
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