Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Weight - Birthday Countdown: 7 Days

We're now halfway through the Birthday Countdown, with a week remaining until the big day next Monday. Over the last week, I have brought you covers by Thom Yorke, Chris Cornell, Travis, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, Aretha Franklin, Saul Williams, and Scala & Kolacny Brothers. A pretty diverse group if I do say so myself.

Tonight's cover could easily have been the biggest train wreck of them all, in that it was a serious gamble to attempt, on live radio no less. Performed on Jo Whiley's Live Lounge on BBC Radio 1, Bloc Party plays an excellent version of Nelly Furtado's "Say It Right" as if it was their own single to promote. Replacing the electronic sythesizers and drum loops, the band comes at it with live instrumentation and a fantastic vocal by lead singer Kele Okereke. As Jo states after the band has finished, they really "make it their own". It is a regular feature of the Live Lounge to have artists play both their own song and a cover version. Bloc Party's performance began with an acoustic version of "I Still Remember" off of their second album, A Weekend In The City.

Nelly Furtado has also appeared with Jo Whiley in the Live Lounge, where she performed a version of the oft-covered "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley.

Listen here:

Bloc Party - Say It Right (Nelly Furtado Cover)


Bloc Party - I Still Remember (Live Acoustic Version)

Nelly Furtado - Crazy (Gnarls Barkley cover)

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