COVER VERSIONS: Blurred Lines

This edition is a bit unusual, in that we’re not focusing on an old song that has been covered by a variety of artists and changed over time. The Robin Thicke hit only came out in March, but it’s catchy and the Robert Palmer-esque video sparked so much discussion that the covers have poured out onto YouTube.

In case you haven’t seen or heard the original, here it is…

There is a different version of this video, in which the three females prance around topless. Naturally that attracted a lot of attention. It also created a lot of controversy.

More on that in a second.

The best cover of the song that has made it out there? Would you believe Bill Clinton did it?

This is probably the worst version around. It’s debatable, though…

It’s debatable because amid the feminists’ griping about how Thicke is “objectifying” women by having good-looking ones strutting around in the video, this happened…

No, you don’t have to watch all of that.

Check out some of the comments, though. And stop shaking your head.

Kathryn Bell 14 minutes ago

They could have had the men being stereotypically objectified for contrast (oiled up muscles, being all macho), but instead they just replaced the females in the original video with men. I think this accomplishes both things because having men doing exactly what the women were (as a satire) highlights both how ridiculous the objectification is, and makes people think about their attitudes towards men being effeminate.

SlushPuppyGirl3 hours ago

I think you may have misunderstood them. Most people are pleased to see this video because it exposes objectification and makes people think more about music videos. If I saw a genuine music video objectifying men like this I would be just as horrified as I am at all the other music videos objectifying women.

Kwiddlebee56 minutes ago

Ummm no. Racism is power+prejudice. Homophobia is power+prejudice. You take away a minority groups rights, that’s using your power to equal sexisim/racism/Homophobia. This is why there is no such thing as reverse racism or heterophobia or even misandry. White straight men have always had power over these minority groups which causes these oppressions. 100 percent done tonight.

Anyway, those people aren’t the only women to cover the song. Here’s somebody with actual talent who’s not trying to gripe about how Robin Thicke entertains people…

And here’s somebody else with actual talent who doesn’t even talk while covering the song…

Meanwhile, three guys who do a cover without much in the way of instruments…

Some of the covers out there are funny, though. Here’s the NSA remix…

Tan lines?

Cougars?

And a Super Mario version…

And here’s one that’s useful. The “go to bed, kid” version…

There are some commercial covers out there as well. Here’s one Queens of the Stone Age did…

That’s not a great cover, particularly given that it’s Queens of the Stone Age and those guys are terrific when they get going, but the pill bottle as a shaker is a winner.

Another cover, this from the British indie rock band Yes Sir Boss…

This isn’t exactly a classic song, though it is sitting at No. 1.

What this proves is nowadays thanks to YouTube and everybody having a camera, if you do a hit song there will be more covers of it than you can imagine in a matter of weeks. Some of them might even be good.

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