Somewhere down the line there will be enough amazing covers by Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox to fill up an entire 24 hours and that, my friends, will be one of the best days in recorded history.
By now you’ve had to have come across on some form of social media the time/genre displaced renditions of popular songs arranged by musician Scott Bradlee. Covering modern hits in classic ways like a jazzy cover of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”, Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” done in the style of the Beach Boy’s, or a classic lounge version of Radiohead’s “Creep” that will – pardon my French – knock your gosh darn socks off. They’ve even done amazing things with songs you wouldn’t expect like a slow-jam theme from Ducktales and – as I’ve begrudgingly admitted before – a motown cover of “How You Remind Me” by Nickelback.
Keeping us on our toes, Post Modern Jukebox’s most recent addition to their catalog is the 1983 track “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” by the Talking Heads. The fact Bradlee and company did this instead of more widely known tracks like “Once in a Lifetime”, “Psycho Killer” or “Burning Down the House” speaks volumes to the respect and knowledge the group possesses for all sorts of music. “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” was hardly their most popular song but still one that holds up today.
Performing it in a 1940s swing style allows the song to still stretch its funky new-wave hooks with horns instead of synth but remains the earnest and laid-back love song that the Talking Heads would likely approve of.
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