Tom Williams/The Maccabees

Well, I’m stuck in an airport in Turkey waiting for my flight that’s been delayed for 7 hours, so what else to do but show you all a couple of lovely little covers, taking songs I really don’t like and giving me a new found appreciation of them:

My ever-increasing love of Tom Williams & The Boat took another jump up the other day upon receipt of an email from the man himself. Turns out not only can this band craft beautiful works of art, but they can perform some kind of musical alchemy – they’ve taken the good-tune-awful-vocals turd that is Dizzee Rascal’s “Bonkers” and turned it into a golden folky hoedown capable of whipping a smile onto my face faster than you can say ‘Van Helden’. And it got them some more (and much deserved) airtime on Radio 1 courtesy of Huw Stephens playing it twice in a row. Excellent work!

Tom Williams & the Boat – Bonkers (Dizzee Rascal Cover) (YSI)

What happens when you take the quiet, menacing tone of The Maccabees “No Kind Words” to an autotuned, run-of-the-mill 2009 pop hit like “Boom Boom Pow”? Well, it seems like it turns into a chilled out, slow burning piece of loveliness, that, if it weren’t for the lyrics and Orlando Weeks’ struggle not to laugh throughout, it might not have seemed out of place on the last album.

The Maccabees – Boom Boom Pow (Black Eyed Peas Cover) (YSI)

PS. A great many thanks to real Horrorshow tunes for The Maccabees cover, you’re probably the best!