Some years ago I heard an awful a capella cover of Just Like Heaven by The Cure, which just happens to be one of my favorite songs. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like a cappella, done tastefully–but this one wasn’t. I can’t put my finger on what it was, but ever since then I have been searching for a decent cover of the song.
And so I feature two drastically different interpretations today. The first one comes from youtuber KenMiddleton (on his ukulele channel), a talented musician with a number of diverse covers not only on ukulele, but also on guitar. I’m accustomed to listening to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole albums playing on my mom’s stereo (she’s always homesick), so this version makes me feel like I’m on the beach right outside my grandma’s house, listening to one of the best 80s songs ever. His stylistic rhythm adds something new, it makes me even forget that his version lacks the riff that goes so well with the song. Check out his other videos after watching this cover here:
The second comes from a girl under the name malinCobain. She also plays with the rhythm in a way that made me do a second take, but I actually like it. Her voice, which amazingly stays on pitch throughout the song despite its scratchy sound, combined with the distortion in rhythm cast the song in a kind of punk-rock style… also surprising, but something new and well-done, so I like it. Check it out here:
I hope you liked these two. Here’s the original: Just Like Heaven by The Cure