Classic country star Patsy Cline is having something of a revival recently thanks to an unlikely group of fans– British rock bands. Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner performed her “Strange” for Australia’s Triple J last month, and now The Kills are getting in on the action. At their 10th Anniversary gig in New York last week, the garage rock duo added a minimalist take on Cline’s “Crazy” to their set.
Australian radio station Triple J routinely recruits high-caliber musicians for its long-running covers feature, Like a Version. The latest addition to its roster is Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, who stopped by for a solo session during the first Like a Version of 2012. He brought along a cover of Patsy Cline‘s “Strange,” which often makes a brief appearance in the Monkeys’ gigs during their single “Fluorescent Adolescent.”
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When Arctic Monkeys burst onto the scene with the bratty, colloquial garage punk of Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, few listeners suspected that the group of Sheffield teenagers would ever become grungy desert rockers. But they did exactly that, darkening their sound with the help of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and growing immensely as musicians at the same time. They’ve produced a multitude of covers along the way, and their diversity and quality is a great gauge of the band’s musical evolution. On the cusp of releasing their fourth album (the strangely named Suck It and See), here’s a look at five of the Arctics’ best cover performances.