By Lorenzo Giusti
Guns 'N' Roses did it with "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", Pearl Jam with "Last Kiss" and Limp Bizkit tried with "Behind Blue Eyes". Musicians have been covering each other for quite a while but what the Panda is about to bring you are some covers that went a little farther then just playing someone else's song .
We will start with one of the best: Harper Blynn covers "Halo" by Beyonce. The original-like soft beginning might lead you to think we are about to hear some sissy weirdos trying to be Beyonce, oh but just you wait until those drums kick in and J. Blynn bursts into a hell of an energetic performance. They even throw a bit of "Dirty Projectors" in there.
Best of all: they are doing all this live.
Really, "if you can't dance to this song you are never going to have sex again."
Speaking of which this guy took Beyonce's husband's song and changed it so much that I don't even know if it can be defined as a cover anymore. Hugo, a singer with a style that is hard to define, took his banjo and covered "99 Problems" by Jay-z and what was once a rap turns into... well something much better:
Still on the track of rap covers that aren't raps anymore we have the Belgian Milow covering 50 Cent's "Ayo Technology". This cover ended up being a success in Europe ranking #1 in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Another great job that makes the original song look like the cover.
To end this post I'll leave you with a cover that would go more as a parody. Alanis Morissete does "My Humps" by the Black Eyed Peas. Our (obvious) guess is that she has the intention of ironizing the original song as she does a slow version of it showing not only her voice off but also how ridiculous the lyrics are. Nothing against the BEP version but this turned out pretty funny.
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