CHICAGO — Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery. But when it comes to Robin Thicke’s recent brown liquor-soaked cover of Icona Pop’s breakthrough breakup single, “I Love It,” the Swedish duo love that Mr. “Blurred Lines” took some artistic license.
“We love it,” singer Aino Jawo told MTV News just hours before the pair hit the stage for their Lollapalooza debut. Thicke recently did a slowed-down take on the song during a British radio appearance, changing up some of the lyrics, which he said he could totally relate to.
“It’s so nice to hear different versions of your songs and his version was so sexy and it was like you wanted to go into a bedroom and make love,” Jawo said. “Which is like a totally new [feeling] … otherwise it’s like you want to punch someone. We love it!”
Jawo and fellow singer/keyboard player Caroline Hjelt, brought down the house with the song during their mid-day Lolla set on Friday. With Jawo in a black mini dress made of reflective black tiles and Hjelt in a matching white dress, the smiling duo worked the crowd with their high-energy set of dance pop songs from their upcoming full-length debut.
Then, with ominous clouds rolling in over the Chicago lakefront and rain falling for most of their set, the skies miraculously cleared up as they prepared to end with their most recognizable tune. The remixed version of “I Love It,” which had some stops and starts that stretched it out, clearly amped up the crowd, who danced up and down and pumped their fists in muddy field.
Lollapalooza is going on all weekend with sets from everyone from 2 Chainz, Icona Pop, Phoenix, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, Lana Del Rey and many others. Stick with us all weekend for news, pictures and interviews from the festival!