Kings Of Leon released a new single and video this week and dozens (dozens!) of you lurkers stepped up to discuss it. KoL has become an increasingly hot button act on this site as we’ve witnessed the Followills become a parody of themselves (see: the hipster clothing line, drunken interviews, “Sex On Fire”). But while we scoffed at the band’s royal status in the UK, the lackluster Only By The Night quietly went platinum in the States on the back of the Grammy winning “Use Somebody,” a pretty decent sounding pop/rock single the first three to four hundred times I heard it. Late last summer Hayley Williams performed an inspired, stripped-down version that we never posted because you can go to other sites for Haley Williams news. But boy did she open some miserable floodgates. Herewith, for no other reason than page views lists are fun, are fifteen covers of “Use Somebody” by a surprisingly diverse array of professional recording artists (I’m including American Idol finalists in that definition). Et tu, Matisyahu?
Bat For Lashes
Scala & Kolacny Brothers
Laura Jansen (embedding is disabled on the studio version)
Kelly Clarkson (starts 3min in)
Nick Jonas & The Administration
Perhaps this explains why KoL turned down Glee.
So which cover is worst? Remember when that radio DJ lost a bet and had to get a tattoo of Chad Kroeger singing into a penis? I bet he regrets that.