BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge is a great recurring radio program where musicians come and play an intimate, controlled setting. Often, the invited artists are encouraged to perform covers, sometimes of songs that you’d never expect.
Earlier this year the New Jersey band Gaslight Anthem covered Kelly Clarkson’s “I Do Not Hook Up,” giving the song the somber acoustic treatment. And now we have the off-the-wall pop act Marina And The Diamonds giving their take on the frat-rock anthem, “Starstrukk,” by 3Oh!3 and Katy Perry.
To say that Marina’s version of the song is quite different from the original is quite the understatement. The Welsh singer gives the song an ethereal feeling, with her evocative vocals riding over a piano accompaniment. And her rendering of lyrics about daisy dukes and double-D’s is almost … haunting.