Music can transport you to another world, especially when your favorite artists give you new versions of some of your favorite songs. And lucky for us, some of our faves have been teaming up to reimagine songs we’ve had on repeat for ages! So grab your earbuds and get your favorite playlists ready, honeybees, because you’ll definitely want to add these tracks to your library.
Little Miss Nasty, Gina And The Eastern Block, & Heidi Shepherd – ‘Freak On A Leash’
Some of our favorite ladies in rock came together to revamp Korn’s classic ‘Freak On A Leash’ for the modern era, intertwining its signature guitar riff and eerie vocals with a trap beat and a refreshing new direction! We’ve had this on repeat for days on end and still haven’t gotten tired of it. Little Miss Nasty is a ridiculously talented dance troupe that has continuously broken boundaries, and now that they’re stepping into the music world, there’s no limit to where they can go. We need these girls to join together for a supergroup and give us more amazing covers!
Diving back to my roots with Gina and the talented ladies of Little Miss Nasty was the perfect reminder that we women are fierce as f*ck and should be celebrated for how unique and beautiful we ALL are! Embracing our feminine qualities while attacking a classically sexy song felt like the perfect mix of confidence and empowerment that I needed to be reminded of. I’m honored to be a part of Gina’s vision that touches on all senses.
Heidi Shepherd of Butcher Babies
Royel Otis & The Lazy Eyes – ‘Oysters In My Pocket (Remix)’
The Lazy Eyes turn an indie-rock jam into an electro-infused banger with their remix of Royel Otis’ ‘Oysters In My Pocket!’ And let us tell you, it just *works*. We should’ve known a collab between two of our favorite Aussie artists would be incredible, but we didn’t realize it would be this mind-blowing. The drawn-out intro gets our adrenaline pumping before the vocals kick in, with a more filtered flair than the original that really helps them stand out.
Our favorite Sydney band and pals, The Lazy Eyes, have taken our Oysters right out of the ocean and sent them back in time down the neo-noir streets of a David Lynch film. Just about pushed them right through the damn glowing TV screen, I tells ya. Cruising down the neon-lit streets in a convertible till the sun comes up for the climax. Grimy and psychedelic, the ‘OIMP’ remix ushers audiences through an out-of-mind experience with the eye for extremity and technical wizardry that The Lazy Eyes fans have come to expect.
Larkin Poe – ‘Bad Spell’
Larkin Poe flip a Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic for ‘Bad Spell,’ a confident, almost sirenlike response to ‘I Put a Spell on You’ that describes an unhealthy relationship. And whether you’re already a Larkin Poe fan or not, you’re gonna be entranced within seconds. Between Rebecca Lovell’s silky, blues-fueled voice and the amazing instrumentation that backs it, this song feels like something out of a Halloween-themed breakup movie in the best way possible. Speaking of which, who should we contact to get that movie created and to get this song on the soundtrack?
Ever since I heard ‘I Put a Spell on You’ by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins for the first time, I’ve wanted to write a female response to it. I’d had the title ‘Bad Spell’ in my journal for years, and it was so fun to create a song where the riffs and guitar tones have that singular purpose of nastiness and swagger.
Which of these tracks was your favorite? What’s a song you’d love to see reimagined in a new way? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! And for more song recs and reviews, click here.
Now, time for us to learn all the lyrics so we can sing along…