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Speeded-up and shot through with added power chords – it’s hard to think of many songs which don’t work nicely when given a punk treatment.
Specialists in this sub-genre of cover version are supergroup Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, led by Fat Mike of pop-punk legends NOFX. Check out the star-studded video for their catchier-than-nits version of R Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly, featuring cameos from Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba and Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley, among others.
P is also for... Pop: Sometimes, it’s the most conventional originals which provide fodder for the most interesting covers.
Need proof? This stereo-tastic version of Rihanna’s Don’t Stop the Music by The Bird & The Bee should do it. Headphones essential.