The phrase “cover music video” is something of a misnomer. The fact that these songs were originally performed by other artists has, in all cases but one, nothing to do with the video. We might more accurately call this list “Best Music Videos for Songs That Just So Happen to Be Covers.” Still, the cover angle gives us a chance to look at some brilliant music videos that mostly flew somewhat under the radar.
Did Holmes’ “Bicycle Race” video whet your appetite for more animation-based cover videos? Well, you’re in luck. MGMT has just released a video for their Bauhaus cover “All I Ever Wanted Was Everything” and it’s an old-fashioned, brightly-colored slice of animated fun.
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.
As expected, last night’s Pink Floyd tribute on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon dug a little deeper than the previous two (here and here). MGMT, a band who seem like they’ve seen The Wall a time or two, dug out “Lucifer Sam.” The Syd Barrett-penned tune first appeared on Floyd’s 1967 debut The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and hasn’t been heard much from since.
The LateNightTales mixtape series rarely disappoints. The premise (get an artist to compile a set of songs they love) is a good one and the kicker (make said artist record a new cover for the occasion) is even better. We’ve already heard Midlake cover Black Sabbath and Trentmøller cover Chris Isaak for the series this year and now we’ve got a third. It’s MGMT, who covered Bauhaus’ “All We Ever Wanted Was Everything” for their installment.
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.