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Anybody with an ear for this kind of thing knows the Live Lounge, BBC Radio 1 feature originally presented by Jo Whiley, and now by the lovely Fearne Cotton.

Live Lounge, on which artists are invited to perform an original alongside a cover of their choice, is renowned for its tendency to throw up interesting and unexpected takes on well-known tracks (Arctic Monkeys doing Amy Winehouse’s ‘You Know I’m No Good,’ Robyn taking on Alicia Keys’ ‘Sleeping with a Broken Heart’). Being the BBC, it’s all lovingly archived, bizarrely frequent recurrence of N-Dubz and all.

Hawaiian singer-songwriter Bruno Mars is the latest to grace the BBC studios, and his debut performance is everything a cover version should be: beautifully arranged, personalised and performed in the light-hearted manner in which it was intended. He even throws in a couple of lines from the Beach Boys’ similarly-titled ‘California Girls’ and a clever take on Stevie Wonder’s ‘Isn’t She Lovely?’





robertsona
01.24.11
this is sure to be popular

Kris.
01.24.11
i thought he was in jaiil for cocaine or something

theacademy
01.24.11
the ellie goulding only girl cover is a million times better

robertsona
01.24.11
this is not very good

theacademy
01.24.11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsRTr-KEtIE

robertsona
01.24.11
cool cover but i dont like her voice

theacademy
01.24.11
i think the only way to describe it is glitter knives.

Kris.
01.24.11
oh his court date's been postponed til the 4th of february? thanks for the info dave de sylvia

Blindsided
01.24.11
^Explains a lot.

Lucid
01.24.11
that wasn't very good

tkxxx7
01.24.11
I enjoyed it, he was just having fun and that's cool

Minus The Flair
01.24.11
a thousand times better than most other live lounges. anyone remember travie mccoy's cover of the cave? good god.

DaveyBoy
01.24.11
That was pretty good when he kept it low key... & I'm not even a fan of the original.

DaveyBoy
01.24.11
... & Ellie's version of 'Only Girl...' rules.

Her version of 'Your Song' is pretty cool.

Just ignore her version of 'Sweet Disposition'. Only Dougy can do Dougy.

AtavanHalen
01.24.11
That was so cute. I actually really, really like Bruno.

insomniac15
01.24.11
bruno is reaching new highs on the gay stats

DiceMan
01.24.11
He's off pitch quite a few times.

BallsToTheWall
01.24.11
I like this guy so looking forward to hearing this.

botb
01.25.11
i really like this guy, not sure why, but he makes me smile

CatfishSoup
01.26.11
I like his voice, but I can't stand his lyrics. He has a lot of potential, but no, he sings the most boring cliché songs

CatfishSoup
01.26.11
This sounded okay though

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