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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Miley Cyrus' Five Most Memorable Cover Attempts

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2014 at 8:27 AM

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In between licking things, talking about her "fat dick," and finding new leotards to perform in, Miley Cyrus has been busy doing a whole heap of new covers. She's actually been dabbling in playing other people's songs for years now, on and off. And, sorry Haters O'Miley, but some of her versions are actually rather good. Here, so we can keep track, are five of her most memorable cover attempts.

1. "Summertime Sadness"

The U.K.'s BBC Radio One has a regular show called Live Lounge, in which artists come on and do unlikely covers. On a recent visit, Miley took it upon herself to play Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness." Turns out, if you sing that song without tics, slurring and struggling through duck face-related issues, it's really rather good! 

2. "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?"

For her MTV Unplugged session last January, Miley covered the Arctic Monkey's "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" She took the laid-back swagger of the original, gave it a sultry, stompy slant, and injected the end of the track with a refreshing kick of passion. In an interview with an Australian radio station, sometime later, Monkeys drummer Matt Helders confessed to liking her version and noted: "She did some bits in there I wish we'd have done. She gets higher than we can in the voice." Yes she can, sir.

3. "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

Ah, yes, the infamous "Smells Like Teen Spirit" cover. Obviously, this one's memorable for all the wrong reasons. Back in 2011, Miley was having her first flirtation with rebellion, so she went and stuck a Nirvana cover in the middle of her live show, seemingly oblivious to the fact that it probably made Kurt Cobain roll over in his grave. Look at all the hair flicking and awkward posturing in this thing! Clearly, this was a deeply uncomfortable experience for all concerned.

4. "Jolene"

Dolly Parton's "Jolene" is such a masterpiece, it is literally impossible to make this classic sound bad. And, given the fact that Dolly is Miley's Godmother, it makes perfect sense that this cover happened in summer 2012's "Backyard Sessions." She did a super-Southern version during her Unplugged set, too -- either way, she done her godmama proud. 

5. "There is a Light That Never Goes Out"

The most recent cover in Miley's repertoire happened just a couple of days ago in Belfast, Ireland. She pulled out The Smiths' "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" and was doing a lovely job -- until she got distracted a few lines in and decided to film a selfie for Instagram instead. Not good, Cyrus, but we'd like to see you do this one again later.

-- @Raemondjjjj

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