Five Postmodern Jukebox Covers You Should Give A Listen

Photo: Huffington Post
Photo: Huffington Post

Postmodern Jukebox, formed by YouTube artist Scott Bradlee, is a, for lack of a better term, cover band that covers a wide variety of pop hits from Miley Cyrus to Lorde in different styles of music.

Usually these styles harken back to Bradlee’s roots as a jazz pianist by invoking styles from the 30’s and 40’s. It is not limited to that style though other genres includes country hoedowm and mariachi.

Still there is a great variety and uniqueness to what Postmodern Jukebox puts out that makes them so amazingly different.

So in salute to the insane brilliance of Bradlee and the members of the Postmodern Jukebox, we’re counting down five songs that you should definitely give a listen to.

5) “Beauty and a Beat” originally by Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj

 

According to YouTube, the style is “Vintage 40’s Swing.” What really makes this song so amazing is how great Robyn Adele Anderson (the vocalist) is at invoking this grandness in her voice. This is clear when she just extends some of the words such as “all.” Her voice is gorgeous here and totally would fit in with the era the song is trying to invoke. (Plus her dress is gorgeous.) Also the bit of “Justin Bieber you know I’m gonna hit him with the ether” makes me laugh every single time.

4) “Royals” featuring Puddles Pity Party originally by Lorde

 

This is called “Sad Clown With The Golden Voice” version. Actually, and I swear this is true, on a Reddit A.M.A. (“ask me anything”) Lorde said that this was her favorite cover of her uber hit song. Now the song is again very cool. Puddles has a great deep voice and his delivery to the song is awesome (and also kind of reminds me of Christopher Walken). It also keeps the great musical wordplay flowing in for the chorus. It’s a dynamic and interesting cover.

Best of all? Puddles is not a scary clown. We can all agree that is a win for us all.

3) “Wake Me Up” originally by Avicii and originally sung by Aloe Blacc

 

This cover is in the Mariachi style and is almost sung entirely in Spanish. Now I’ll admit that I know very little about Mariachi in any form. So I’ll stick to pointing out what I really like. Again Robyn Adele Anderson’s voice is flawless as she conveys the emotion in the song. Spanish, as I’ve been told, is a language of passion so her delivery is also so good here. The instrumentation is brilliant invoking the song but also putting a fresh spin. I love the horn section here and the violinist is also a great touch. Everything marries here perfectly to give a song that captures the feeling of the original and also to put a bit of international flavor on it.

2) “Story Of My Life” featuring Miche Braden originally by One Direction

 

This “New Orleans Jazz” cover of the One Direction hit is FLAWLESS. Like when you listen to this cover, it will change your entire perspective on the song. Miche Braden, a diva in her own right, puts so much pain and heartbreak into the song. Her experienced voice puts the One Direction song into a whole other galaxy by infusing it with pain and wisdom. It’s a song that conveys someone looking back of their life and almost musing on it. It’s utterly gorgeous.

1) “We Can’t Stop” with the Tee-Tones originally by Miley Cyrus

 

This is the “Vintage 50’s Doo Wop Cover.” It’s also, on a more personal note, the first Postmodern Jukebox cover I’ve ever heard. Now I’m not a huge Miley Cyrus fan. I can also admit that I don’t like the original version of the song. So the reason it ranks so high is that this cover made me like the song. The smooth backing voices of the Tee-Tones mixed with the heady quality of Robyn Adele Anderson’s voice creates a soothing yet dynamic cover. The song invokes the last song of the night in bars or parties or whatever from the era they’re playing tribute to. It also shows the utterly trans-formative power of Bradlee and the Postmodern Jukebox.

So that’s it.

You can buy the aforementioned covers on iTunes and Amazon. They’re also available on Scott Bradlee’s YouTube page to listen to for free.

Now go listen to the rest!

Bec Heim
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2 comments

  1. Why settle for 5, when you can have 17 (which include the above 5) for less than $10USD on ITunes or Google Play? In his latest album, “Twist is the New Twerk,” (released 1/31/2014) Scott Bradlee delivers more than an hour of fun-to-hear musical transformations of pop material which “sophisticated” listeners have probably ignored heretofore. Scott is a fine arranger/producer whose time has surely come. Scott’s many musician friends don’t let him down in these 17 numbers which shine with jazz improvisation within the chordal frameworks established by Scott. The soloists are fine. Robyn Adele Anderson does most of the singing. She’s a contralto belter who aspires to be a (part-time?) jazz singer. She’s well on her way. All she needs now from Scott is more material which allows her to cultivate and display her “softer side.” BUY “Twist is the New Twerk.” YOU’LL LOVE IT!

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