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Regular readers of the blog will know that we’re big fans of BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge - not just because they invite artists to cover a diverse array of songs, but also because they invite guests from right across the spectrum of artists instead of just sticking to rock acts.

This afternoon, it was the turn of New Jersey pop-rockers My Chemical Romance, who had previously performed Blur’s ‘Song 2′ on the show. Stating a clear preference for Britpop, the group have again opted for a ’90s classic in the form of Pulp’s ‘Common People.’

Everybody knows that the original is one of the best songs ever, with a fantastic video to go with it, and William Shatner has already served up the ultimate cover version. However My Chem’s punkier take on the track manages to retain much of the drama  and intensity that made it such a great song to begin with. And more proof that the Live Lounge is the best thing since, well, ‘Common People.’

My Chemical Romance – ‘Common People’:

William Shatner feat. Joe Jackson – ‘Common People’:





TheAlmightyBungler
03.31.11
the me from 4 years ago never seems to completely escape me...........

theacademy
03.31.11
haha weird i JUST listened to this

theacademy
03.31.11
and then immediately went back to the shatner version

RosaParks
03.31.11
indoor sunglasses.

pretty good though

bloc
03.31.11
At first I thought they were going to butcher it, but wow; not bad at all.

klap
03.31.11
90% of the user base has no idea what this song is

Electric City
03.31.11
okay cover

theacademy
03.31.11
funny tho... considering that really dumb list from a few days ago

theacademy
03.31.11
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=438177

Hep Kat
03.31.11
who allowed them to do this they should be fired/castrated/shot

Hep Kat
03.31.11
also: this isn't hardcore

Knott-
03.31.11
wow that was actually good

colour me surprised.

original still rules more though :o

Titan50
03.31.11
Yeah, this is great. Obviously doesn't even TOUCH the original (which is one of the greatest songs ever), but still enjoyable

btw I'm seeing Pulp in July, U JELLY

theacademy
03.31.11
why are people surprised it would be good? MCR seems like a good match (out of studio) and they have a pretty great track record with covers: (morrissey, bowie, blur covers = good, queen cover = terrible)

theacademy
03.31.11
but that queen cover was with the used before they broke up

brandnewAAAA
03.31.11
Not even MCR could ruin this classic.

Kris.
04.01.11
you forget the desolation row cover, academy

thumbcrusher
04.02.11
fightstar's cover of battlefield in their live lounge was one of the best i've heard

letsgofishing
04.03.11
Shatners version absolutley PWNS

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