We Are Scientists Get Acoustic, Cover Sigur Ros

Thanks to Marlow over at Untouched By Work Or Duty for the heads up about this. While I snagged these from the official We Are Scientists message board, he was the first blogger to cover the story. Head over there, he’s got a Kaiser Chiefs cover as well!

We Are Scientists performed on BBC 1 yesterday and rocked the house as usual. But the unusual bit is that they did it by foregoing their normal electric onslaught. Our boys did a completely reworked version of their hit “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt” and threw in a Sigur Ros cover to boot. This was great news for me, as I just snagged WAS’ album on vinyl yesterday as a mid-finals treat!

MP3: We Are Scientists – Hoppipolla (Sigur Ros, live on BBC)
MP3: We Are Scientists – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt (live on BBC)
Yesterday I would have cried if you’d told me that We Are Scientists would be covering “Hoppipolla”–a song that ranks in the top three of my all-time favorite concert moments. I wouldn’t have cried out of anger or sadness, but of confusion. Why would the polite boys of pop be tackling the complex and emotional stylings of Sigur Ros? Even beyond all that, there’s still the language barrier to be considered. But after hearing it and giving it time to soak in, I’ve got to say that I’m impressed. Is Keith Murray the new Jonsi? Heavens, no; and I’m sure he knows it. But the fact that the band was able to pull off a cover of a completely different genre shows that they’re more than one-trick ponies.

BONUS MP3: We Are Scientists – Be My Baby (live Ronettes cover)

Our man Keith is also in the running for the World’s Sexiest Vegetarian. After you vote for him, be sure to mail him a tofo-dog or something, because he always looks hungry.