FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016 |
Posted by: Mike Montemarano
Charli XCX is the latest artist to provide a cover for the 70s soundtrack of the HBO series Vinyl. From Bowie to Lou Reed, the show encapsulates tracks that pushed the boundaries of what rock musicians could get away with at the time. In her tribute to Iggy Pop, she captures the simplistic grit that the Stooges were able to work with so well.
Keeping true to the proto-punk style that was so influential at the time, her rendition of "No Fun" was over-saturated in gritty, fuzzed-out guitars that create enough of a wall of sound on their own. She takes to the kind of singing style necessary to live up to that sound, between piercing shrieks and that drawling, incoherent singing style that Iggy was able to pull off so well. It's a combination of artistic styles that would be the last thing anyone would expect, but as clashes often work out, this one finds a way to be seamless.
Charli, in choosing to cover the Stooges, captures an energy few musicians can pull off, which is what made Iggy Pop so special in the first place; it's awesome to see how she's able to really get dynamic with her voice in that impromptu and out-of-bounds way.
Following the stylistic qualities of the Stooges is certainly a major change in sound for Charli XCX, but her versatility as a performer shines through the psychedelic, droning guitars to show how well she can adapt to the grittiness of louder, heavier music in a way that stays true to both the personality in her voice as well as the vibrant, vintage sounds of decades past. Even if she were born in the 70s, there's no doubt that she'd find a way to kill it just as she does on this cover.
And if you enjoy her Iggy Pop cover, watch her performing her own material in our classic concert with Charli XCX below.