OneRepublic Tries to Cover Oasis, Fails Miserably
    • TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017

    • Posted by: Meredith Nardino

    OneRepublic is one of those bands that you kind of forget about until they're literally unavoidable. Lead singer Ryan Tedder somehow happens to be involved with all your favorite artists at once - he's produced for Adele and Beyoncé, and has even written with indie-pop newbies, LANY. There's no denying Tedder has a knack for writing pop perfection, but judging by his band's latest Spotify session, covers are not exactly his forte.

    Out of all the Oasis songs you could pick to cover, "Champagne Supernova" might be the worst. The cover was one of many questionable attempts made by various artists in Spotify's Music Happens Here series. Each week, the series intends to highlight a different city and the music that defines it, starting with Los Angeles and now moving on to London. It's a great idea in theory, but so far has been majorly disappointing in practice.

    Tedder, a self-proclaimed Anglophile, called the Oasis song a classic, a "once in a lifetime record." Maybe someone should have told him you shouldn't mess with a classic. When the Gallaghers sound slightly out of tune, it's sort of on brand and speaks to their intentionally disinterested personalities. When Tedder blows through a six minute rendition of the ‘95 gem totally off-key, it's just painful and sad.

    The only good thing to come out of this is that we'll probably be hearing an overly dramatic (and potentially offensive) comment from one or both Gallagher brothers any day now.

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