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Honky Covers – Bastille meets TLC

You know what a cover is, right? It’s when one musician performs another artist’s song, either as faithfully to the original as possible or making it completely their own.  One would think that it’s a low-risk proposition – someone else has done the hard work of writing it and making it famous.  But it can get scary because somet people get really passionate about their favorite songs and don’t like people messing with it.  Especially when it’s the national anthem.

I have a ton of covers on my iPod and it occurred to me that many of them fall into a category I like to call “Honky Covers.”  This is where some of the whitest people around cover classic R&B/Hip-Hop songs.   Obviously there are some white guys named Justin and Eminem who pull it off with ease.  But  they made their living IN those genres.  The Honky Covers I’m talking about are ones that are performed in a completely different musical style outside of the genre by some of the most decidedly non-funky people around.

One of The Pieholes is obsessed with the band Bastille.  They’re an English band that’s only been around for a couple years and is just starting to make it big here in the States.  Here’s their first hit, Pompeii.


I really like that song and a few of the others she’s played for me are cool.  I was checking out a bunch of their videos and came across this cover.


Ummmmm.  OK, maybe this is an example of one that doesn’t work.  I’ll do much better next time.

Here’s the original that, even 15 years later, I still love –


That’s proper.

Got any favorite covers?  Honky or non-honky?



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17 comments on “Honky Covers – Bastille meets TLC

  1. Yinzerella
    March 21, 2014

    Yeah, I don’t like their cover.
    Here’s one that I really dig:

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      March 21, 2014

      That’s pretty good, though I’m not familiar with the original

      • Yinzerella
        March 21, 2014

        The original is Miley, baby! Back when she was still Hannah Montana…

        • thefoodandwinehedonist
          March 21, 2014

          Oh there you go… I’m a fan of latter-day Miley. Ok, can’t say that without giggling at the absurdity of someone that young having a latter day.

        • Yinzerella
          March 21, 2014

          I love current Miley. Bangerz is a most excellent record.

  2. El Guapo
    March 21, 2014

    A crappy cover is an affront.
    Sometimes though, great covers are found where they are really not expected.
    Luther Wright and the Wrongs (a bluegrass band) did a full album cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, which is surprisingly not bad.

    And then there’s this painfullly hilarious cover of Guns and Roses – Paradise City

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      March 21, 2014

      Oh geez, my college roommate had that album.. Will have to check out The Wrongs. Have you heard The Gourds country-bluegrass version of Snoop Dogg’s Gin and Juice? Awesome…

  3. the drunken cyclist
    March 21, 2014

    Well, there are certainly many from which to choose, but I will have to go with a honkey cover that is awesome (I would say better than the original, but no one can be better than the Reverend):

  4. the drunken cyclist
    March 21, 2014

    I don’t know if this classifies as a “honkey” cover since it’s the Quintessential Quartet:

  5. dwdirwin
    March 21, 2014

    I like the soundtrack to The Commitments- covering various R&B songs. Wow- that just made me feel really old.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      March 22, 2014

      Haha! I remember when it came out. The Irish bar I worked at in Chicago used to blare that soundtrack all the time.

  6. PinotNinja
    March 26, 2014

    This makes me want to take names and kick asses:

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  9. Anonymous
    September 28, 2014

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