Maybe I'm Crazy for taking on a song that's less than a decade old for Battle of the Covers, and especially Crazy for doing so after the latest bit of jackassery from CeeLo Green. (Seriously, CeeLo? Seriously?!) But CTSenVy and IDROVEAPICKUPTRUCK both posted covers of the song in a four day period, and that's a sign in my book.
Sadly the battle for Toxic was avoided like it was hazardous material. I blame this mostly on the holiday weekend, partially on Britney Spears, and partially on the apparent absence of Oppo's music master Gamecat. A Static Lullaby and Local H traded the lead for the duration of the battle, with Mark Ronson making a late play at the top spot as well. Ultimately Local H took the battle by a single vote over A Static Lullaby. Sadly no such conclusion was reached in the battle for worst as Blowsight, described by Arch Duke as sounding like "Nickelback decided to try metal," and Christopher Dallman, described by ACESandEIGHTS as "pretty much everything I hate about music" and Sir_Stig as "the worst pseudo gay voice ever," managed to tie with four votes each. Fortunately with only three of the eight competitors earning "worst" votes (Juliet Turner received three votes) we can at least say these three artists conclusively provided the three worst covers.
Crazy was the debut single for the two-man group Gnarls Barkley, made up of CeeLo Green and Danger Mouse (no, not that Danger Mouse, Nibby). The music of the track was inspired by the film scores of Spaghetti Western soundtracks written by Ennio Morricone, and even samples the song "Last Man Standing" from the film Viva! Django. The lyrics of the song came from a conversation between CeeLo and Danger Mouse about how people "won't take an artist seriously unless they're insane." CeeLo wrote the lyrics inspired by the conversation and the duo managed to record the track in a single take. Upon release in 2006 the song was an immediate hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard Top 100, and achieving #1 status in numerous countries including Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom (where it stayed at #1 for over two months). The duo won a Grammy for the song, as well as an MTV Europe Music Award for "best song of the year." Rolling Stone called it the best song of the decade and the 100th best song of all time. The song has since become a popular choice for live performances, with Maroon 5, Billy Idol, OneRepublic, Beyonce, and Kasabian all performing it in their concerts.
Another tough round of whittling down the covers. I went with ten and it was still a difficult cull.
Ray LaMontagne - (2006)
G4 - (2006)
Shawn Colvin - (2007)
Alice Russell - (2008)
Violent Femmes - (2008)
Audiofeels - (2009)
Relient K - (2011)
Red Band - (2011)
Within Temptation - (2012)
Daniela Andrade - (2014)
AND DON'T FORGET! If you want to check back on the results of previous rounds, or see what covers are coming in future rounds, there is now a Google Drive spreadsheet with past rounds and the upcoming battle schedule.
AND THE BONUS GAME! IDENTIFY THE FOUR ARTISTS IN THE "FIGHT" IMAGE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE! BONUS POINTS IF YOU CAN DO IT WITHOUT THE GOOGLES!