Jun 232023

‘The Best Covers Ever’ series counts down our favorite covers of great artists.

1970s one hit wonders

Last month, we presented covers of one-hit wonders of the 1950s and the 1960s. And we’re back to do it again!

This month, we’ll tackle huge hits by not-so-huge bands from the ’70s and, next week, the ’80s. Today, covers of classics like “Spirit in the Sky,” “Black Betty,” “Why Can’t We Live Together,” and “Video Killed The Radio Star” (I would have thought that one was ’80s given the famous MTV connection, but it came out November 1979). Then next week we’ll dive into perhaps the greatest decade for one-hit wonders cover. Continue reading »

Oct 012010

When you think “culturally relevant,” one name leaps to mind: the Buggles. Okay, maybe not. But relevant or not, their trademark sense of humor hasn’t aged. At Tuesday night’s London reunion gig, the band played their debut album The Age of Plastic in full. This includes their mega-hit/first-video-on-MTV “Video Killed the Radio Star.” They played it; people went nuts (I assume); they finished the album. Nothing surprising there.

For the encore, they began playing “Video” again. Cue eye-roll. But wait…this isn’t “Video Killed the Radio Star.” No, it’s “Check It Out,” the brand-new single by the Black Eyed Peas‘ will.i.am and Nicki Minaj, which heavily samples “Video.” It’s about as well performed as you’d expect (not very). It’s also as fun as you’d expect (extremely). “This beat is banging,” indeed. Check it out (heh) below. (via Slicing Up Eyeballs) Continue reading »