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Music Monday: Cee-Lo Covered With Strings, The Billy Nayer Show & ELO

Joey Stone

This week we kick off with from (L to R) Dominic Johnson, Joey Stone and Lauren Molina (from the most excellent Sweeney Todd revival) performing what might just be the best Cee-Lo Green cover in history. Apparently all three had just finished working on the recent Chicago production of Candide and because talented people do such things, decided to arrange a new version.

So how do you improve upon a song like “Fuck You”? Add badass strings in a new arrangement for violin, cello and voice. In D. Just watch this. And share it with whoever you can. Oh and if you haven’t figured out: NSFW for language, friends.

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Next up, we have Cory McAbee and Bobby Lurie (the people who brought you The American Astronaut and Stingray Sam), aka The Billy Nayer Show, performing a song from their upcoming film, Werewolf Hunters of the Midwest. I look forward to the film if for no other reason than I might understand just what’s going on with this song. I like it for its mad and manic simplicity.

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A wealth of Billy Nayer Show material is available from Amazon.

And lastly, Rob throws in a pick where he’s definitely speaking my language. He recommends All Over the World, the Greatest Hits compilation for the Electric Light Orchestra. I dig me some ELO and the track that won’t leave me alone these days is “Wild West Hero,” which is contained on the Greatest Hits album. Including this version of the video as it’s apparently an alternate version to the official music video. (Has an alternate beginning, if I follow it correctly.)

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All Over the World is available as a CD from Amazon. (Skip the MP3 download–the title track isn’t included–WTF.)