Shouldn’t be shocked by that post title; Kele’s been a sucker for the pop tarts from the start. In fact, he’s going on to any ear he can find about another such star’s forthcoming single. From an interview Klaxons did with Radar:

I’m more excited about Britney than anything. We did a TV show with Bloc Party yesterday, and I’m not sure how much of the truth [singer, guitarist] Kele was telling us, but he was saying that he heard one of the new Britney Spears tracks, and it was life-changing. So that’s more exciting to me.

Well that’s exciting to us too, but that’s for another time. Back to Bloc Party’s love for Billboard artists. The band did the Jo Whiley’s morning show on Radio 1 recently and turned out a tribute to Furtado and Timba’s #1 hit, “Say It Right.” Well worth the listen … and you’ll realize that very little separates Kele and Nelly’s songwriting.

But if you’re still wondering why Bloc Party would cover the tune, think of it as Kele’s resumé submission to Timbaland.

 

Comments (16)
  1. Oh, Brit-Brit. I certainly hope your new album *is* life changing, both for you and me. I love girls that shave their head– hope you find your emancipation. Har. Har.

  2. mike  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2007 0

    ugh, ive had this mp3 for a week stereogum. I love your site and have read it everyday for the past 2 years but I think you’re losing your edge…

  3. some guy  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2007 0

    This version is decent in its own right, and would work as a filler for an album, but it lacks all of the greatness of the original piece. It is solely the production on Furtado’s version that makes the lack of creative songwriting enjoyable or even bearable.

  4. annie onymous  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2007 0

    HOW DARE they cover a song thats not of political import!

  5. jl3969  |   Posted on Apr 18th, 2007 0

    on a more important note, her ass is so amazing.

  6. EricDH  |   Posted on Apr 18th, 2007 0

    In that picture, she looks like Idina Menzel. Except not green.

  7. javier buchananeversonia  |   Posted on Apr 18th, 2007 0

    at the knitting factory smoosh covered bloc party

  8. I don’t care if Brit’s song is life-changing; she can’t keep her own life under control, why would I want her “changing” mine? Besides that, I think Timbaland ought to focus on his own career; sure, helping Britney is good PR for him, but who cares?

  9. this cover is pretty sweet, but its been out for a while now gum.

  10. i have to love the picture placement stereogum…kele looks terrified of nelly’s breasts yet he can’t look away.

  11. Is it just me or does Nelly look really old there?

  12. Kirstie  |   Posted on Apr 18th, 2007 0

    Their new album to put bluntly, was horrible. You could tell easily that they were putting anything they could together. Pity. The last album certainly created a form of hope for this one. Better luck next time, boys. Please discontinue the pop songs, eh?

  13. (@R1)  |   Posted on Jun 28th, 2007 0

    I just love this song. It’s so awesome! (And in my opinion better than Nelly’s version.)
    Keep it up, Bloc Party!! >:D

  14. Matt  |   Posted on Aug 31st, 2007 0

    The very fact that kele needs to cover any bloody song proves beyond doubt that bloc party are bloody talentless and out of tune…and if it wasnt for jo whileys “i love every artist, oh that tracks hot, oh this tracks hot” is there any rubbish that she wont play…..

  15. i lov nelly soooooooooooooooooooo much she is the best singer maybe ever well anyway i lov you nelly furtado!!!

  16. Matta  |   Posted on Nov 29th, 2007 0

    Hi NELLY, We have got do one work from AJ and we have do projekt with
    famous person and I choose you!! I am giving some questions for you and I
    would very happy when you answer me!!!
    Here are some questions:
    1. Do you like your job???
    2. How do you feel when you are so famous???
    3. What so you do in your free time??
    4. Do you feed any animal at home???
    5. What music do you like???
    6. What is your favourite food???
    7. When did you start your carier??¨
    8. If you go to the cinema, how often??
    9. What time do you spend in your job???
    10. Have u got any ambitions to the future???
    11. Have u got a lot of supporters???
    Thank you and sorry if I have got some grammar mistakes in text:-D

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