We’ve posted tons of MGMT covers over the years. Covers of “Kids,” “Time to Pretend,” and “Electric Feel.” All these songs have one thing in common: they hail from the band’s acclaimed debut Oracular Spectacular. Last year’s sophomore follow-up Congratulations was met with critical confusion and no such cover love. Until now.
Never one to tread a straight line, Neil Young reported in the liner notes his 1977 compilation Decade that after the success of Harvest, he “headed for the ditch” out of boredom. Now Universal Electricity pays homage to Young’s ditch ethic with a compilation of indie artists covering his songs. No playing it safe here: these covers range from the unconventional to the downright bizarre.
They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!
Whether it’s her wedding to Russell Brand this past weekend (it’ll last forever, I’m sure), her eye-candy videos (“California Gurls,” anyone?), or her collaborations with the likes of Snoop Dogg and 3Oh!3, Katy Perry seems to be everywhere these days. You may think she’s a pop genius or the reason why the television gods invented the mute button, but either way she’s managed to find her way into the public consciousness for yet another year.
Oh, and today happens to be her 26th, so happy birthday! We’ve featured a ton of covers of her songs in the past (catch up here), but here are five more. They range from the sublime (Weed and Foxes In Fiction’s “Teenage Dream”) to the ridiculous (Woodhands’ space-funk scream through “I Kissed a Girl”) to the super ridiculous (the polka version of “Hot n Cold”).