Jun 012012

Best (So Far) finds the finest first-round covers of the latest pop hits.

If anyone could give vats of melted cheese a sexy pop culture “comeback,” it’s Justin Bieber. With his runaway single “Boyfriend,” in which he arguably crossed over from tween heart-throb to adult sex symbol by rapping in a whisper, Bieber painted many steamy pictures of romance: Justin lying in the snow with his girlfriend, Buzz Lightyear flying across the globe, lots and lots of something called “swag.” Continue reading »

Oct 042010

Is 3Oh!3 self-aware? They’re obviously terrible, but do they know they’re terrible? Are they being terrible intentionally? I mean, they are so blatantly awful you wonder if it’s all some meta-joke. Like, “Look at what drivel we can get on the charts. We’re not even pretending to try! Come on, America.”

3Oh!3 covers bring out the true crappiness of the songs (Exhibits A and B). They push the, ahem, “lyrics” to the fore. If Weird Al ever parodies 3Oh!3, he should stick with the original words. Maybe an all-3Oh!3 polka (though his current one is pretty good). Anyway, here’s Exhibit C. New wave piano chanteuse Marina and the Diamonds covered 3Oh!3’s “Starstrukk” – which there is no reason to spell like that – as a slow keys-and-bass torch song for Billboard’s “Mashup Mondays” series. Her ridiculous outfit (pictured above) indicates she’s in on the joke. Whatever the joke is. Continue reading »

Jun 282010

Just like we did for Bonnaroo, we’re rounding up the covers performed at this year’s Glastonbury. A strange mix to be sure. Florence and the Machine performs her “favorite song of all time” for what she claims will be a one-time-only cover; Stevie Wonder honors the anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s death; Shakira pays tribute to indie; Muse gets a little help from the Edge for “Where the Streets Have No Name.” The Pet Shop Boys singing “Viva La Vida” while wearing crowns may be the weirdest moment though.

Anyway, videos of all those and more below (all taken from the BBC broadcast). If you find any more Glasto 2010 covers, post a link in the comments!
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