Aug 252010

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In 2007 Prince William and Prince Harry held a concert commemorating the tenth anniversary of their mother (Prince Diana)’s death. What could have been an endless stream of moribund sap became something else entirely. Something far stranger.

The boys booked a who’s-who of popular stars to play, but apparently forgot to inform the stars of the cause. As a result the performances seemed completely irrelevant to the occasion. How Rod Stewart singing “Maggie May” or Pharrell rapping “Drop It Like It’s Hot” commemorates the Princess remains unclear. Perhaps the high point of inappropriateness came in the form of Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.” Diana wasn’t born a princess after all…

Next to that, why shouldn’t Tom Jones and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry cover current “it band” Arctic Monkeys? And why shouldn’t it steal the show when said show that was so ill-conceived to begin with? Tom rips open “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” like it’s 1965 all over again, hollering along with backup singers, a horn section, and Perry’s killer guitar solo. Jones never recorded his version, but that’s okay. No way it would have matched up to this.

MP3: Tom Jones w/ Joe Perry – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor (Arctic Monkeys cover)
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