I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published February 25th 2018
What keeps the planet spinning?
The original version of Get Lucky was cowritten by French House duo Daft Punk, Pharell Williams and Nile Rodgers from Chic. It's a repetitive, feel good, disco tune that can really get under your skin. A little while ago I became OBSESSED with this song. Apparently I am not alone in this, since Caitlin Moran had the same problem back when the song first came out in 2013, and judging by the number of cover versions out there plenty of musicians love it too. Or perhaps they loved it once, but are now as thoroughly sick of it as the rest of my family after became I played different versions of the song every day for an entire month.
Like the legend of the phoenix, this song is the gift that keeps on giving, and returning to my computer speakers as my husband and children try to eat tacos in peace. So that some good may come of their torment, here I have curated for you, fellow listeners, a selection of the very best versions of this oddly addictive tune. Enjoy!
1. Miracles of Modern Science
American Indie band Miracles of Modern Science are composed of Evan Younger (double bass, lead vocals), Josh Hirshfeld (mandolin, vocals), Kieran Ledwidge (violin), Geoff McDonald (cello), and Serge Terentev (drums). They play both covers and original songs and have released two albums to date. Their version of Get Lucky has a bit more strings and they look like they had a lot of fun performing it.
2. Swing version by Flash Mob Jazz
This version is cheery and danceable. If you like it you can find more by Flash Mob Jazz at Bandcamp.
Russkaja are a ska punk band who hail from Austria but often perform in Russian, or, as in this case, in English with thick Russian accents which make the song weirdly hilarious. I bet Pharell and Daft Punk never anticipated people Cossack dancing to their song. You can find Russkaja's albums on Bandcamp.
4. Rachel Lander- Get Lucky Cello looped cover.
British cellist Rachel Lander performs an absolutely beautiful version of Get Lucky with a cello and loop pedal.
5. (Chacarera) / Despiertos para ponerla
This is probably the weirdest one I found. It's... different. Very different. Beautiful classical guitar, Spanish lyrics and a really odd video.
What an interesting concept for an article - I love 'Get Lucky'. I need to think more outside the box and write more interesting stuff - not to mention discover new versions of this song! Congrats on your milestone. I'm still 89 articles away from it. Peanuts ;D