Apr 142011

Electric Light Orchestra‘s Roy Wood was quoted as saying that he wanted to take his music where “the Beatles left off.” Aussie artist Oh Mercy, then, seem to pay direct homage to that in this true-to-the-classic cover of “Evil Woman.”

Even though the accents of the band members are enough to melt any woman (or man), evil or not, Oh Mercy’s version might make anyone feel guilty for past wrongs done. The cover drives home the bitter broken-heartedness with soft vocals and brush drumming. The band completely strips the string section – this is a radio performance after all – opting for simple acoustic guitars instead of the original violin and cello. Check out the video below.

Oh Mercy – Evil Woman (ELO cover)

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  3 Responses to “Oh Mercy Isn’t Trying to Wail a Different Song on Classic ELO Cover”

Comments (3)
  1. A) I totally love this.

    B) I think the Oh Mercy singer enunciates much better than ELO’s did. Even though I knew better, I always felt like the lyrics to the original song said “medieval woman.”

  2. That was EXCELLENT. Though I disagree with Eric. Jeff Lynne enunciated very well on all of his vocals. The work-for-hire backing singers were a little sloppy, but even as a little kid, long before I knew who ELO were or what the song was called, I always knew it was “Evil Woman” in the chorus.

  3. That isn’t a photo of Oh Mercy in the water!

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