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Cover Me Maybe? A ‘Carly Rae Jepsen’ Showdown

Written by Mike Hohnen on 25th June, 2012

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I wonder if anyone, even Carly Rae Jepsen, knew the pitch-corrected, offensively simple, ode to 13, 14 and 15-year-olds everywhere would become an international chart topper. Despite Justin Bieber tirelessly championing the tune and its artist, surely a song with the end hook of ‘Before you came into my life I missed you so bad’ wouldn’t, nay, couldn’t catch on. But here we are 9 months after its release still hearing it between 4,000 and 5,000 times a day.

While people are quick to knock the song, given that it’s much easier to condemn than to create, it really has done a lot more good than it has harm. Firstly, think of the millions that one track will pump into her record label, Interscope, money that can be put to good use on some of her label buddies such as TV on the Radio, Yelawolf and even Blink 182.

Secondly, it has created an entire brand of its own. Bands from all corners of the genresphere have flooded to the interwebs to hand to the salivating masses their own interpretation of the song, some keeping it simple, others taking the idea to Mars, but all seem to be better than the original. So in the spirit of the infamous ‘Dance-Off’ we have selected a whole bunch for a ‘Call Me Maybe-Off’. Have some of these bands managed to polish a…quote unquote ‘bad’ song? Or have they made it even worse? Let us know in the comments!

Let’s start off the original of the track in question…

This one we’ve seen already…

Check out Enter Shikari’s acoustic rendition

UK Acoustic singer / songwriter Ben Howard had a crack

Here’s Paradise Fears interpretation

And to wrap it up, fun. also went for it…

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