8 (Shockingly) Good Covers
from the Last Artists You’d Expect
By Kel Fabie
While most of us think we can sing well until we step out of the shower and in front of the microphone, the more privileged among us are never disabused of that notion and end up making fools of themselves by embarking on an abomination known as their “music” “career.” We’ve seen it all, haven’t we, Russel Crowe?
Well, despite our misgivings when certain artists, even certain known “singers” ply their trade, it can be quite refreshing when we discover some gems among what we expect to be nothing but trainwrecks upon trainwrecks. Here are 8 cover songs from people you never expected capable of singing a good song in their life.
We urge you to give the tracks a listen before finding out who the artists are. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised.
8. My Boy Lollipop
The original “My Boy Lollipop,” as done by Millie Smalls, is a catchy, high-energy ditty that you would never expect to be decently covered by a male performer. Well, prepare to be shocked.
The Unexpected Artist: Steven Seagal
This artist apparently found more than just gold in the Philippines, but even a singing career, apparently. Straight off his album, ”Love Me Or I’ll Break Your Arm” “Songs From The Crystal Cave,” this infamous martial artist and alleged serial sexual harasser have at least one okay song in his discography.
7. Beautiful Girl
Jose Mari Chan’s immortal ballad may be easy to sing, but only a real crooner can make it stand out, and that’s exactly what this guy pulled off.
Who knew, really? And what exactly can’t this man do? For a guy who is as multi-faceted as he is, this is more than just a decent cover.
6. Make a Man Out Of You
This kickass anthem from Mulan makes one sing along the moment you hear its opening. It’s a challenging song, and it takes an exceptional artist to do justice to this one, but our surprise artist manages just that.
The Unexpected Artist: Jackie Chan
Well, it looks like this man’s Chinese theater training has yielded more than just acrobatic skills and the ability to kick all our collective butts. We’d ask for more, but we’re terrified to.
5. Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso
Donna Cruz’s original is a classic, and while this autotune-heavy remake isn’t quite up to par, it’s every bit as catchy and striking, and also a performance from someone you’d least expect…
The Unexpected Artist: Barbie Forteza
Yep, it’s one of our Spirit Animals herself! We would probably stay away from ever hearing her sing live, but this is a decent effort and a fun interpretation that we wouldn’t mind playing from time to time. Sparingly.