Willow Smith has been pretty quiet since the release of her 2010 smash, “Whip My Hair.” The now 13-year-old has spent time tweeting cryptic messages, sampling Radiohead, and really gnashing her teeth with this whole teenage angst bit. Continuing in this trend, Will Smith’s teenage daughter released a simple but surprisingly good cover of King Krule’s “Easy, Easy.”
It seems like every week we post another cover of a Katy Perry hit. Just last Friday we dug up a fun new “Firework,” after having premiered a cover of the same song the week before. Next up on Cover Me: The Top 50 Covers of “Teenage Dream” (not really).
So today we switch it up on ya with a cover by Katy Perry. No, this isn’t Cover Me: TMZ Edition, but this one’s worth posting. At last night’s opening show on the California Dreams tour located in – where else? – Portugal, Perry took a break from the high-school romance and candy-coated kisses for an acoustic medley. The choices aren’t surprising – no Dylan deep cuts here – but the pop star delivers some quirky, inventive performances stripping down recent hits.
It’s a bit of a surprise that Willow Smith‘s “Whip My Hair” isn’t covered more often. Just as Jimmy Fallon and Bruce Springsteen proved how far one could depart from it and still retain its inherent catchiness, Skull Tape shows that they can keep the beat without losing their indie electro-rock vibe. As an added bonus, there are some sound effects that would make 50 Cent proud and the song finishes out with a snippet of their track “Drowning in Blood.”
Not too long ago, late night star Jimmy Fallon covered Bruce Springsteen. Now he's back with one better: covering…with Bruce Springsteen. Yes, as Fallon reprises his Harvest-era Neil Young impersonation, the Boss himself (the real one) comes aboard to cover, of all things, Willow Smith's “Whip My Hair.” Willow, the 10-year old daughter of actor, rapper, and Fresh Prince Will Smith, is topping the charts with her latest single, which inspired a folk rendition last night from these grown men.
Springsteen was on the show promoting The Promise: The Darkness On the Edge of Town Story and had some fun providing back up vocals for Jimmy while sporting his 1978 look courtesy of a messy wig and taped-on beard. Jimmy Fallon's Neil Young impersonation is spot on, further proving he can sing whatever he wants and we'll love it. Still, covering a 10-year old girl is a lot cooler when you have Bruce Springsteen accompanying you.