As if K-Pop superstars BLACKPINK don’t have enough going on at the moment, following their first album and upcoming film, one of their most popular members Rose, has started releasing solo material. As a part of the Korean reality show Sea of Hope, Rose performed a softer and more subtle version of the Paramore classic “The Only Exception.”
Yeah. So. This is pretty much what it says on the tin. YouTuber RamsesthePigeon’s original take on the A-ha classic ‘Take on Me’ sees him smacking, slapping and flicking his face to recreate the track. It really is a sight to behold.
The song builds slowly as he introduces each blow to his face that results in a different sound within the track. Funnily enough, this track reminded me of an Australian busker, Pipe Guy, who plays house and techno using a thong (that’s a flip-flop to you Americans) and an intricate series of PVC pipes. At its height, Ramses is taking multiple wallops to the face per second and really makes you wonder what his cheeks looked like after that day of shooting.
Check out the very painful rendition below:
Skanking holds a small place in my heart as one of the only styles of dance I can not only do, but don’t feel self conscious doing. Thank goodness then that Skatune’s version of Childish Gambino’s hit track “Redbone” gives me an excuse to skank again!
While Gambino’s version is a slow, deep funk track, Skatune’s version is…well, that typical upbeat ska sound. The track is given a sense of urgency, moving the song away its slow dance roots towards a belter for skanking to in a mosh pit. The original melody isn’t really even there – you’d only know the track is “Redbone” after a few lines of the lyrics. There’s even a horn section solo in place of the original synth portion of the track to fully complete the Ska takeover.
Sometimes reinventing a track means finding a new sound from the elements of old ones. This is certainly the approach that Taiwanese rock group Sunset Rollercoaster took with their cover of ‘小薇’ (translated to ‘Xiao Wei’), which was originally popularized by Taiwanese singer Huang Pin Yuan. The original track was written and performed by Adi ‘N’ the Brothers in 2000 before Huang’s cover in 2002 brought it to mainstream attention. It remains one of his most well-known songs in Taiwan.
To celebrate Lady Gaga’s seminal 2011 album Born this Way turning 10 this year, the album is being re-released with a bonus disc of covers performed by prominent LGBTQIA+ artists. The first track to be released from this bonus disc is Big Freedia’s cover of “Judas,” the second single released from Born this Way.