I think my love of covers has been pretty well demonstrated up to this point. Here are several new ones to help further that love. This time there are theme songs, an astronaut, an automaton, and even a lost Bob Dylan classic (sort of).
Diatonic Nerds – “Sparks Nevada, Marshall on Mars Theme”
If you haven’t yet checked out the Thrilling Adventure Hour podcast, you really should. It’s in the style of old time radio, but with a more modern sensibility. One of my favorite segments is “Sparks Nevada, Marshall on Mars” (along with “Beyond Belief”), and this is an instrumental version of the theme song. Diatonic Nerds also performed the “I’m the One That’s Cool” cover that I previously featured as well as lots of other covers. I suspect I’ll be including more of them on lists like this in the future.
Chris Hadfield – “Space Oddity” (originally by David Bowie)
Just in case you somehow missed this awesome Commander Hadfield farewell to the ISS, you really need to check it out now. I’ll miss his videos and tweets from space now that he’s retired.
Steam Powered Giraffe – “Diamonds” (originally by Rihanna)
Ulrich Seidel – “Batman Theme”
Yeah, this is definitely on the weird side. Bat sounds that are normally inaudible to humans brought down to a frequency we can hear then assigned to keys on an organ. All just to play the theme to the Adam West version of Batman. Pretty cool, though.
dot.darkness – “Death by Robot” (originally by Feed Me)
A song about the coming robot apocalypse? How can you not love that? It’s also worth checking out the original if you’re unfamiliar with it like I was.
John Scalzi – “A Lost Dylan Classic”
Wow, I had no idea that Bob Dylan actually wrote this song. You learn something new every day. (Um, yeah… Actually this is part of the Jay Lake “Acts of Whimsy” fundraiser from a few months ago. It definitely qualifies as an act of whimsy…).
Lindsey Stirling and Peter Hollens – “Star Wars Medley” (originally by John Williams)
What happens when an a cappella artist and a violinist sit down to watch Star Wars together? Epic cosplay, amazing music, spectacular locations, and some pretty funky dancing. Hilarious and awesome!
hawkeyejedi12 – “Already Dead” (originally by Marc with a C)
Simple, straightforward ukulele cover of a Marc with a C classic (does he have any other kind of song? Probably not…). Very nicely done.
A pirate, a Klingon, a Wookiee, and a fairie – “Ewok Celebration Song” (originally from the original version of Return of the Jedi)
So… this happened at Gen Con 2013. Bonus Klingon warrior song! I wish I could credit the artists, but the person who recorded it didn’t include their names. Still pretty awesome!
Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer – “When I’m Cleaning Windows” (originally by George Formby)
So, the most famous banjolele player covers a song originally performed on ukulele, but instead of his usual instrument he decides on piano. Because… it’s more gentlemanly…? Who knows? Jolly good stuff, nonetheless.
Unwoman – “The Ballad of Serenity” (originally by Joss Whedon / Sonny Rhodes)
From this year’s Dragon Con, Unwoman beautifully performs the theme song from Firefly. Love the rococo-punk costume, too!
The Cybertronic Spree – “The Touch” (originally from Transformers: The Movie)
Several people cosplaying as Transformers singing the theme from the original animated movie. Pretty sure I don’t need to say much else on this one.
Christopher Lee – “My Way” (originally by Claude Francois / Paul Anka)
I discovered this on a recent episode of Coverville (the inspiration for this series). Sure, it straddles the line between cheesy and epic, but that’s part of the charm of the song. Just go listen; you know you have to hear it!