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May 13, 2012 8:44 AM   Subscribe

Musician Noah does an amazing acoustic cover of LMFAO's Sexy and I Know It.
posted by quin (44 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Noah's great...I wish his voice wasn't so over-processed in this, though. Certainly doesn't seem like he needs it: his cover of Adele's "Someone Like You" remains my fave.
posted by squasha at 8:56 AM on May 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


That was pretty great. How did a four day old YouTube video get nearly 2mil views? Is this guy super popular somewhere?
posted by mathowie at 9:08 AM on May 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


That lead singer from LMFAO really reminds me of flapjax at midnight.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 9:14 AM on May 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


Shortly after that video went up, it got picked by the Today show as one of their trending videos, and has also just been a hit all over the place since.
posted by pahalial at 9:16 AM on May 13, 2012


squasha: "Noah's great...I wish his voice wasn't so over-processed in this, though. Certainly doesn't seem like he needs it: his cover of Adele's "Someone Like You" remains my fave."


Over-processed as in having reverb? It's not auto-tuned or phased or anything else that I can hear. What do you mean?

Great voice on the youngin!
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 9:27 AM on May 13, 2012 [4 favorites]


White boys have limitless potential for irony... That doesn't mean, there shouldn't be though.
posted by SounderCoo at 9:31 AM on May 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


The first few times I heard this on the radio the lyrics made me giggle at their ridiculousness and the ridiculous delivery, which I'm pretty sure was intended. This version kind of takes the fun out of the song.
posted by bleep at 9:44 AM on May 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


A very talented person. I think the ratings prove that-the video has only been up for four days and already has 2million views.
posted by livinglearning at 9:50 AM on May 13, 2012


This version kind of takes the fun out of the song.

Yeah, on opposite day.

I was just about to post asking whether the coolness of this version means that it was not a terrible song to start with.
posted by eugenen at 9:50 AM on May 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


Very pretty song, but it is in no way a cover of LMFAO. The only real similarity between this and LMFAO's is the lyrics.
That being said, I still do like his version.
posted by MHPlost at 10:00 AM on May 13, 2012


Fascinating.
posted by lotusmish at 10:09 AM on May 13, 2012


MHPlost: "Very pretty song, but it is in no way a cover of LMFAO. The only real similarity between this and LMFAO's is the lyrics."

Formally (in terms of melody, harmony, structure) it is relatively unchanged, the differences are mostly stylistic. It is the same song with a new instrumentation and a simplified beat.
posted by idiopath at 10:21 AM on May 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


White boys have limitless potential for irony...

Which makes it feel pretty obvious. And ummm, meh.

I'm pretty sure that's the first time I've ever actually used those three letters, but here they are, accomplishing the work of a paragraph. Why fight it?
posted by philip-random at 10:23 AM on May 13, 2012


Oooh, now somebody post Dynamite Hack covering "Boys N The Hood!" Hilarious!!
posted by drjimmy11 at 10:25 AM on May 13, 2012 [5 favorites]


If he'd done it in a squirrel suit he'd have 4 million views.

Seriously, Internet: you do some cute and fun stuff some times. But some of us appreciate music as an art form, and are fans of the people that actually do it for the sake of art. So please stop equating the number of views on your cleverly-calculated viral cash-ins with good music or artistic merit.
posted by drjimmy11 at 10:28 AM on May 13, 2012 [6 favorites]


Very pretty song, but it is in no way a cover of LMFAO. The only real similarity between this and LMFAO's is the lyrics.

That's exactly what a cover version is. This is 100%, by every imaginable standard, a cover of the LMFAO song.
posted by hermitosis at 10:35 AM on May 13, 2012 [8 favorites]


Seriously, Internet: you do some cute and fun stuff some times. But some of us appreciate music as an art form, and are fans of the people that actually do it for the sake of art. So please stop equating the number of views on your cleverly-calculated viral cash-ins with good music or artistic merit.

I give it three snowmen:
☃☃☃
posted by device55 at 10:40 AM on May 13, 2012


I thought this kid was great, and his other covers and original songs are pretty rad, too.
posted by whitneyarner at 10:48 AM on May 13, 2012


Former K-1 champion, former PrideFC fighter, and potential UFC championship contender Alistair Overeem, a.k.a. The Reem a.k.a. Uberreem makes a cameo appearance in that original LMFAO video. He's one of the toughs checking out the singer, and he points menacingly.

I wonder if hanging around with all of those sweaty, thrusting sexy men in speedoes can be cited as a cause for him having failed a performance enhancing drug screening that found him to have something like 10 times the allowed amount of testosterone in his body, buggering a fight card and jeopardizing his career.
posted by TheRedArmy at 11:06 AM on May 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


haha yes it was rad

that is probably the word most suited to this particular situation
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 11:10 AM on May 13, 2012


Good voice. Amazing how different it is from his speaking voice; Can any of you crazy golden ear MeFi's tell if it is an effect he uses or is he just that good?

I was dissapointed though, as I misread it as being I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred, which I now really want him to cover.
posted by Canageek at 11:37 AM on May 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


I wish he covered more songs I enjoyed, so that I could enjoy the differing take on them.

I wonder if hanging around with all of those sweaty, thrusting sexy men in speedoes can be cited as a cause for him having failed a performance enhancing drug screening that found him to have something like 10 times the allowed amount of testosterone in his body, buggering a fight card and jeopardizing his career.

Really, they just test for serum testosterone? Huh. How do things like UFC handle mutants with naturally hyperproductive glands?
posted by kafziel at 11:42 AM on May 13, 2012


Uhhh, put me in the camp of people who would rather listen to the ridiculous cronk of the original...now if Noah did a cover of this, that would be another story!
posted by Jazz.bot at 11:57 AM on May 13, 2012


drjimmy11: "ut some of us appreciate music as an art form, and are fans of the people that actually do it for the sake of art. So please stop equating the number of views on your cleverly-calculated viral cash-ins with good music or artistic merit."

Apparently the only emotion art isn't allowed to evoke is humor?
posted by Apropos of Something at 1:14 PM on May 13, 2012


I would not have believed that there was a good song in there, much less a pretty great one.
posted by mhoye at 1:25 PM on May 13, 2012


Surprisingly good. Although he didn't really capture the wigglewigglewigglewigglewiggle...yeah in quite the same tongue-twisting spirit. Now I gotta go work out.
posted by Chuffy at 1:28 PM on May 13, 2012


some of us appreciate music as an art form

Some of us have pretty expansive definitions of art. Large enough to include this wonderful cover.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 1:59 PM on May 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


his cover of Adele's "Someone Like You" remains my fave.

That cover is at least 50x better than Adele's version. Wow.
posted by eugenen at 2:01 PM on May 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


And the reason I think I like that Adele cover so much is that while Noah obviously has a big voice, much like Adele, it's so much less show-offy and so much more attuned to the melody -- no ostentatious vibrato, no Celine Dion-ish flourishes, just the song.

Maybe it's just my preference for pure pop over soul or R&B showing, but I'd so much rather listen to that performance than this one.
posted by eugenen at 2:06 PM on May 13, 2012


Springsteen & Fallon's cover is better.
posted by chavenet at 2:32 PM on May 13, 2012 [4 favorites]


Personally I prefer this take on the song.
posted by scalefree at 3:00 PM on May 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


The day I stop enjoying fun acoustic covers of pop songs is the day I become a humorless wet blanket. Power to this guy.

Related.
posted by no regrets, coyote at 3:23 PM on May 13, 2012


Whoa, I did not expect Dave Matthews's voice to come out of that guy.
posted by schroedinger at 4:02 PM on May 13, 2012


My favorite acoustic cover is still Alanis Morrissette's version of My Humps.
posted by sciencegeek at 4:13 PM on May 13, 2012 [4 favorites]


Look, if Justin fricking Bieber can get a record deal out of YouTube fame, so should this guy. Noah has a gorgeous voice, and while I am not ashamed of my love for ironic covers, I would buy the shit out a blues album from this guy.
posted by Ruki at 4:45 PM on May 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well, someone had to post it.
posted by 4ster at 5:51 PM on May 13, 2012


Seriously, Internet: you do some cute and fun stuff some times. But some of us appreciate music as an art form, and are fans of the people that actually do it for the sake of art. So please stop equating the number of views on your cleverly-calculated viral cash-ins with good music or artistic merit.

Oh aren't you precious. And envious.
posted by xmutex at 6:06 PM on May 13, 2012


So much soul for such a young man.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 6:44 PM on May 13, 2012


Can't blame him for burning a wish on a voice like that.
posted by fleacircus at 8:09 PM on May 13, 2012


Yummy yummy. You go, Noah!
posted by Samizdata at 8:59 PM on May 13, 2012


Justin Bieber is youtube's fault? I did not know that.
posted by BurnChao at 11:01 PM on May 13, 2012


The day I stop enjoying fun acoustic covers of pop songs is the day I become a humorless wet blanket. Power to this guy.

Related


And also related.
posted by Celsius1414 at 11:29 PM on May 13, 2012


Apropos of the subject matter of the song in question, it is nothing short of incredible the way any thoroughly average looking person is transformed into a sexy diety when you have the opportunity to observe them doing something they excel at and enjoy.
posted by milk white peacock at 9:06 AM on May 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


I didn't really enjoy the reverb but I was happily surprised about the difference between his speaking and singing voices. Having fun exploring his other videos, especially Pumped Up Kicks.
posted by brilliantine at 9:31 AM on May 14, 2012


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