Once again I’ve been collecting several covers by and of geek musicians. This time we have an author, comedians, and surprise guests featured. Enjoy!
Neil Gaiman (with Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra) – “Theme from Fireball XL5”
After Gerry Anderson died, Neil promised on Twitter that he would perform this at Amanda Palmer’s Purple Reign New Year’s Eve concert. I’ve never heard the original (never even heard of the original), but it’s Neil Gaiman so of course it’s awesome. If you keep watching the video after the song, there is some adult language, but it’s worth sticking around to watch.
Paul F. Tompkins – “Skyfall” (originally by Adele)
I have never actually heard the original (not a fan of the Daniel Craig Bond movies), but this is pretty great. Paul F. Tompkins is one of my favorite comedians, and he can actually sing quite well. I’d love to see one of his live shows like the one this video is taken from.
Neil Gaiman with Jherek Bischoff – “The Bed Song” (originally by Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra)
Gaiman doesn’t sing on this one — he reads — but that doesn’t make it any less cool. It’s an incredibly beautiful yet sad song, and the spoken word version conveys it just as well as the original. I just hope Gaiman and Palmer don’t end up like the couple in this song!
Herbert Weixelbaum – “Sie Liebt Dich” (originally by The Beatles)
What, you didn’t know The Beatles did German tracks? Well, you do now! Be sure to check out the full album this track comes from. There are several other really great 8-bit Beatles covers.
Mr. B, the Gentelman Rhymer – “I Need Love” (originally by LL Cool J)
Mr. B’s take on this tune is, unsurprisingly, much better than the original. It doesn’t make the actual lyrics any better, mind you, but it’s at least enjoyable.
Kirby Krackle (w/ special guests) – “Bohemian Rhapsody” (originally by Queen)
What can I say? We geeks loves us some Queen. And of course you know everyone has to sing along. That’s the best part! Man, I really need to get myself to Kracklefest one day…
Jimmy Fallon and Selena Gomez – “Mario Kart Love Song” (originally by Sam Hart)
I ran across this one on the Nerdist web site. At first I assumed it was another ridiculous Jimmy Fallon song, but it turns out it’s actually a cover. Not sure how I missed the original given that it has over 8 million views, but both versions are worth checking out.
Al Raye Cook, Jr. – “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme Song”
This one is an 8-bit cover of the theme from Buffy. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from this type of cover, so go check it out now!