I don’t know about you, but I get a song stuck in my head and I have to listen to it, I have to listen to a cover of it, I have to listen to a heavy metal cover of it, and then I have to see if Ringo Starr covered it.
And then it’s still stuck in my head.
So then I think “maybe I can get it stuck in someone else’s head?”
Here’s the original that you know and love:
Perfection, right? Simple, elegant, with lyrics that are perfectly screwupable. (“I guess the rain’s down in Africa” is my favorite but the reference to “100 men on Mars” is a perennial favorite.)
Well, a few years back, my aunt posted an a cappella cover of the song that opened with the most charming a cappella thunderstorm:
Yeah, I made jokes about Frodo too.
Then, of course, the bottle boys made their cover (honestly, I think that this one is a bit thin… but that’s the nature of the instrument, I guess):
So now I need to listen to a fairly rich cover of the song and Low does their version and they turn everything into minor chords and that’s just lovely (I think Glyph originally turned me on to this cover… thanks, Glyph!):
And in digging for this post, I found that there is not only a heavy metal cover:
There’s also a *SKA* cover:
And as I finished boggling at that, I see that Ringo Starr covered this song… which makes me say “Of course he did.”
And the song is still stuck in my head.
So… what are you listening to?