Hoooooooooly sith. There are a lot of musicians in this new BBC Music video. Also remember what we said earlier today about Pharrell’s superhuman, cyborg like productivity? Well, here he is again! But he is just one of dozens and dozens of new and classic musicians covering the Beach Boys’ iconic “God Only Knows” in the below promotional video for BBC’s launch of their new music initiative, which will include new programming and partnerships. The star-studded cover will also be released as a single to aid the BBC’s Children In Need initiative.
To give you an idea of what you are about to see, here is a list of all the musicians in the video (I think. It is actually an astonishing amount): Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Lorde, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Sam Smith, Dave Grohl, Kylie Minogue, Florence Welch, Chrissie Hynde, Queen’s Brian May, Elton John, One Direction, Jake Bugg, Emeli Sandé, Paloma Faith, Alison Balsom, Martin James Bartlett, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Eliza Carthy, Baaba Maal, Jamie Cullum, and Jaz Dhami. Also a few BBC personalities like Jools Holland and Zane Lowe are in there too for good measure.
According to Pitchfork, BBC shot a similar video in 1997 with Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” as part of a Christmas promo. Maybe someday, in fifteen years, we’ll look back at this video and ask ourselves what they were thinking when they asked One Direction to join Stevie Wonder and Elton John.
Check out the video below, and I dare you to think of an obvious musician they left out of the video in the comments or on Twitter.