As The Cure was a defining new wave band of the ’80s, you might not think that their songs would do well with an older, swing-style arrangement. This is where Postmodern Jukebox comes in to prove you wrong.
You might know Postmodern Jukebox from their viral re-imaginings of Lorde’s “Royals,” Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop,” and just about any other major pop hit from the past few years. If you’re a regular around these parts, you’ve probably seen us extensively cover their exploits. This time around, they’re taking a stab at The Cure’s 1987 hit “Just Like Heaven.” They swap the original rendition’s punchy drums, soaring synthesizers, and jangly guitar for the stuff your grandparents grew up on: piano, a modest drum kit, double bass, and some brass.
The new arrangement definitely changes the energy of the song, adding a new dimension to the classic tune. For vocal duties, Postmodern Jukebox recruited Natalie Angst, a 20-year-old singer who is the youngest member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and her performance is both powerful and period-appropriate.
Think about it this way: Postmodern Jukebox is emulating a style that is nearly a century old—swing music’s peak cultural significance happened in the late ’30s or so—and the track is still fire. It goes to show how timeless swing music is, and how quality songwriting can transcend time.
Listen to Postmodern Jukebox’s cover above, and for comparison purposes, check out The Cure’s original recording of “Just Like Heaven” below.
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