Vampire Weekend – "Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke Cover)"

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Vampire Weekend - Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke Cover)

Blurred Lines” is undoubtedly one of this summer’s hottest songs, but Robin Thicke can’t claim all the credit for a surge in the track’s popularity. Earlier this week, Vampire Weekend — along with three incredibly sassy backup singers — performed a cover of “Blurred Lines” for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. The instrumental is almost identical to Thicke’s original, but Vampire Weekend’s playfully eccentric vocals and goofy lyrical alterations (prime example: “you the hottest fish in this place!”) set their cover apart. Frontman Ezra Koenig tackles Thicke’s impressive vocal range, alternating between his signature falsetto and an imitation of Thicke’s cheeky tenor vocals. By far, the greatest part of the cover occurs when Koenig attempts T.I.’s verse. As with everything that Koenig touches, the verse is a complete gem — the sincerity in his voice as he nonchalantly utters “not many women can refuse this pimping” is unparalleled (and I genuinely believe his assertion). Check out the video of Vampire Weekend’s live performance below:

Caroline Creasey

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