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Top 5 Weird Covers of Pop Songs

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published February 27th 2018
Pop songs with a twist
theramin, music, weird music, instruments from the 30s
Alexandra Stepanoff playing the theremin. Photo by What's On the Air Company - What's On the Air, July 1930 (page 45), Public Domain.

If you're tired of listening to pop songs, these weird and wonderful cover versions might make a welcome change.

1. Sweet Dreams by The Eurythmics, played by the Floppotron

The Floppotron is a device created by programmer Pawel Zadrozniak from old computer parts and programmed to play various songs, from Nirvana to the theme from The Empire Strikes Back. Sweet Dreams sounds less weird than most of the other songs played by the Floppotron, probably because the song had a tinny, electronic sound to it in the first place. It just makes it even more '80s.

2. A Tribute to Harry Potter by the Indian Jam Project

This one should delight fans of the Harry Potter films. Composer and producer Tushar Lall created this new arrangement of the theme music adapted to be played on traditional Indian instruments, such as a sitar, alongside piano, violin and percussion.

3. Blue Monday by New Order, performed by The Orkestra Obsolete on instruments from the 1930s

If Blue Monday had been produced 50 years earlier, using instruments like a theremin and saw, it might have sounded like this. It's oddly magical.

4. Back in Black by ACDC

Performed on traditional Japanese instruments like the shime-daiko drum. Because, why not?

5. Lithium by Nirvana, performed by Shefita

Israeli actress and musician Shefita, aka. Rotem Shefy, plays original songs and covers. Her tongue in cheek Middle Eastern version of Nirvana's Lithium angered a few Nirvana fans.

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