Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged

As readers of Chris DeVille’s The Week In Pop column already know, Miley Cyrus brought her particular brand of pop-star spectacle to MTV Unplugged last week. But one interesting performance that didn’t make it to the telecast went up online today. It was cut from the show, but Cyrus tried out an acoustic cover of Arctic Monkeys’ sharp, needling single “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?Queens Of The Stone Age and Jagwar Ma have both covered the song recently, but Cyrus’s cover stands tall next to theirs. She’s got enough swagger and iciness to sell the song, she’s got the technical chops to hit a couple of big notes toward the end, and she sings like she’s knows what she’s singing about. It’s good! Honest! Listen below.

You can watch the full Unplugged episode here.

Comments (17)
  1. That video clip was available for about zero seconds.

  2. Literally just taken down for copyright.

  3. Why’d you only post it when it’s down?

  4. this sounds like karaoke. bad karaoke.

  5. Stands “tall” next to the Queens of the Stone Age . . . fuck you, Stereogum. Fuck you twice.

  6. Not bad. I do like that bit at the end where she says “Thank you MTV for letting me, of all people, go unplugged.” Very self-aware Miley.

  7. On the other hand, she looks kind of adorable in that photo. So that’s what she looks like behind that obnoxious tongue.

  8. Im glad Arctic Monkeys are getting covered, but this was just crass.

  9. oh god. so much bad

  10. This is one of those covers where you immediately turn it off and play the original, telling yourself “It was only a cover, it was only a cover,” like waking from a nightmare

  11. I don’t know what’s worse, the ending with the high pitched squeals, or her fucking outfit.

  12. She needs to stick to her own genre. This is all sorts of wrong.

  13. the ads on the site today are making it very difficult to waste time on here when i should be working

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