Jun 182010

The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Championship last night, putting them only one behind the Boston Celtics in total rings. Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” became an unofficial theme song for the team, which is pretty funny when you think about it. The song is partially ripping on the city. Sure, it does so lovingly, but it’s hardly “New York, New York.” Newman sings about a bum “down on his knees” and lists streets with some of the poorest people in the area.

Even funnier are the covers this inspires. Take this nine-year old singing, “I’m rolling down the Imperial Highway with a big nasty redhead at my side.” Or Alvin and the Chipmunks catching some waves while singing about the homeless. Does no one read lyrics?

We’ve got both covers below, plus three more. OMC gives the tune a Latin tinge, Pauly Fuemana gives it the two-track funk, and Julian Casablancas of the Strokes performs it live with some altered lyrics. William Hung did a version too, but that you’ll have to find for yourself.

OMC – I Love L.A. (Randy Newman cover)
[youtube kQYPup6Ro9k]

Alvin and the Chipmunks – I Love L.A. (Randy Newman cover)

[youtube 8Xc4Smy2wm8]

Pauly Fuemana – I Love L.A. (Randy Newman cover)

Julian Casablancas – I Love L.A. (Randy Newman cover)

[youtube IWwHAmInees]

Redondo Ace – I Love L.A. (Randy Newman cover)

[youtube lVdBSd_sJwo]

PS. All you depressed Boston fans, pick yourself up with the Dresden Dolls and Franz Nicolay covering “New England,” by Big D and the Kids Table here.

Cover Me is now on Patreon! If you love cover songs, we hope you will consider supporting us there with a small monthly subscription. There are a bunch of exclusive perks only for patrons: playlists, newsletters, downloads, discussions, polls - hell, tell us what song you would like to hear covered and we will make it happen. Learn more at Patreon.

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>