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Friday, March 30, 2012

Watch Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers Play an Astoundingly Good Cover of Hall & Oates' "I Can't Go For That" -- In Their Van

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Yeah, we've seen recordings of bands performing in their tour vans before. And while they're generally quirky and funny, rarely are they as cute -- and downright good -- as the version of Hall and Oates' "I Can't Go for That" that S.F.'s Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers posted this week.

Bluhm and her band have a regular series of "van sessions" going on their YouTube page, but from what we've seen, they hit a new level of radness with this one, which was recorded while driving from Phoenix to Pioneertown, Calif.

From behind the wheel, Bluhm gives the song's moody vocals a sweetness that the original lacks -- and she even busts out an amazing kazoo solo. Meanwhile, the rest of the Gramblers lay down a crisp, funky rhythm on guitars and a keyboard. They give the song more like than Hall and Oates could, all while inside a moving van. The only bummer here is the musicians' apparent lack of seatbelts:

Here's the original for reference. Call us heretics, but we kinda like Bluhm and the Grambler's van version better -- amazing what a kazoo can do:

There are plenty more van sessions on Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers' YouTube page. Catch 'em in S.F. April 13 at Great American Music Hall.

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