Sunday, August 17, 2008

Covers of Beyonce's Crazy in Love: Uh, Does This Mean It's a Classic Now?

Yes, I'm behind the times. Not so behind in my midlife haze that I missed Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" hit featuring Jay-Z when it first climbed the charts. But, yes, behind enough to not know about Mo'Nique's spoof of the song until last month. Beyonce belongs to my daughter's generation.

Nevertheless, on one of my now defunct sites I used to have the Baby Beyonce clip from America's Funniest Videos. That video, before the pedophiles started dropping by, averaged more than 25,000 hits per day for a while. I took it down when porn sites started linking to it, creeps watching a baby in Pampers jiggling her behind. Eww!

But more on "Crazy in Love" and covers of the song itself. I was in P.J.'s a couple of months back and heard an acoustic cover of Beyonce's "Crazy in Love." It sounded very strange to me like echos of The Twilight Zone weird, and this from a woman who used to be considered strange by some of her high school classmates during the 70s in inner city New Orleans because she liked Paul McCartney and Wings almost as much as she liked Earth, Wind & Fire. Hmm, I pseudo-bonded with a hot, chocolate football player though because we both dug Mr. McCartney.

Anyway, here are some covers of Beyonce's song that I've found online. First, this is the link to the original so you can compare if you don't know what the hell I'm talking about.

Next, here's a cover of that song by Switchfoot. I like this one.


What about this one, kind of country, folksy by Tracy Bonham? Also, here's a link to The String Quartet's Tribute to Beyonce.

Finally, here is the version I heard at P.J.'s Coffee. It's "Crazy in Love" sung by The Magic Numbers. The "Oh, Oh, Oh-oh, oh no-no!" really sounds different slowed down and kind of neutered. No picture with this one, just sound.


Other videos of Magic Numbers were at YouTube covering "Crazy in Love" that had pictures, but the sound was awful.

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1 comment:

Mekhismom said...

I love the cover by the string quartet. I am a violinist so I guess that is to be expected. I use the word violinist loosely - I haven't played since playing with the Johannesburg symphony the night my home there was robbed but I digress. I really enjoyed this post.