It’s hard to believe, startling even, that we haven’t posted a Lana Del Rey related cover in almost six months. After the release of the Great Gatsby, however, it is safe to say that more Del Rey covers will be pouring in soon. First up after this lull? Deadbeat Darling with a live acoustic rendition of the ever-popular “Video Games.”
Lana Del Ray has been a divisive subject in the music community since her “Video Games” became the buzziest single of 2011. Quite a few artists seem to agree, however, that it’s a great track to cover. The latest to take on “Video Games” is John Mayer, who made a brief return this week from his self-imposed hiatus with a solo guitar version of the track.
Despite Lana Del Rey giving what many are claiming to be one of the worst Saturday Night Live performances in the history of the show, her song “Video Games” has not lost much of its popularity. We have seen a slew of renditions of the heartbreaking tune on Cover Me and it doesn’t seem like we will stop seeing them anytime soon. The Freudian Slip, along with Nelson Can and Echo Me, posted a live rockin’ cover of the indie favorite.
Here we are in the new year, but the 2011 song that you either love or hate continues to make headlines. “Video Games,” the internet-spawned hit was featured on the CW’s TV series Ringer and propelled “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” Lana Del Rey into the limelight. We saw quite a few bands like Kasabian, Bombay Bicycle Club and Freakish Atlantic release their versions of the track, but it appears 2012 has brought the finest take yet.
When we posted our first cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” a few weeks ago, we predicted we’d be hearing many more in short order. Nailed that one. Just last week Bombay Bicycle Club covered it at the Live Lounge, and now, on their visit to the Lounge, beloved British rockers Kasabian did as well.
The Live Lounge is on a roll this month. Last week we heard the Horrors cover Beyoncé there and today Bombay Bicycle Club hit the studio to cover the buzz act of the moment, Lana Del Rey. They brought a giant marimba for “Video Games,” giving it a much more delicate take than the version we heard Friday.