I was recently introduced to Postmodern Jukebox, a band that takes some of your favorite songs and adds a vintage spin. They tackle everyone from Bon Jovi to Biggie to Bieber, covering them in styles like “Doo Wop,” “Vintage Hoedown,” and more.
Some friends and I recently spent an entire car ride queueing up PMJ songs and playing, “Guess what song this is?” Because while they often keep the original melody somewhat in tact, sometimes the only crossover from the old version to the new are the lyrics, and this makes it difficult – yet fun – to try and figure out what song you’re listening to.
Personally, I prefer the Postmodern Jukebox songs where they try to maintain the integrity of the original, because it’s like listening to an awesomely retro cover band. Here are some of my favorite PMJ tracks.
The Postal Service, “Such Great Heights” – in the style of the Jackson 5.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop” – in the style of…”Vintage Grandpa”? (Okay.)
Backstreet Boys, “I Want it That Way” – in the style of 70’s Soul.
Lorde, “Royals” – no style listed but the vocalist is a sad clown, so…bonus?