Labor Day may have come and gone, but technically we’ve got a few more weeks of summer left. So there’s still time for more covers of Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks,” the unofficial Indie Song of the Summer. The latest version comes from beloved Brits the Kooks, who performed a new cover for the BBC Live Lounge.
They take the basic template of the original and add a directness and immediacy. They sub out the whistling for a funky little guitar jam, which makes for a nice change. Listen to it below. Compare it to versions by Weezer, Sophie Madeline, Owl City, and Royal Wood as you reflect back on Summer 2011.
The Kooks – Pumped Up Kicks (Foster the People cover)