All the lounge covers!
July 8, 2018 7:13 PM   Subscribe

We were at a wedding last night, and during the reception there were lounge covers of a number of famous songs playing, I think all covered by the same artist/band. Help me figure out who it was!

The couple already left for their honeymoon and are incommunicado for a bit, so I want to figure it for myself. All the songs featured a female vocalist, and were what I would call lounge or jazz or cocktail sounding. Here are the specific songs we recall hearing:

-It's a Kind of Magic by Queen
-It's My Life by Bon Jovi
-Californication by RHCP
-Hotel California by The Eagles
-Here Comes the Rain Again by The Eurythmics
-Don't You Want Me by The Human League

I've searched itunes for covers of It's a Kind of Magic, Here Comes the Rain Again, and Don't You Want Me but haven't found any covers in common. I've also done a bit of googling. It's possible they weren't all by the same artist, but they sounded very much like they were.

Help me solve this cover mystery please!
posted by just_ducky to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Barbara Mendes?
posted by synecdoche at 7:20 PM on July 8, 2018

Not entirely sure about this one but... Postmodern Jukebox?
posted by daikaisho at 7:22 PM on July 8, 2018 [1 favorite]

Just remembered we also heard Roxanne by The Police.

Not Barbara Mendes or Postmodern Jukebox.
posted by just_ducky at 7:29 PM on July 8, 2018

Richard Cheese
posted by mmc at 7:35 PM on July 8, 2018 [4 favorites]

The Recliners?

Regardless of whether this is the outfit in question or not, thanks for reminding me of them -- I recall listening to 'Cosa Caliente' around 2000 or so, and had more or less forgotten about them until now.
posted by myotahapea at 7:44 PM on July 8, 2018

Richard Cheese?
posted by vespabelle at 9:07 PM on July 8, 2018 [2 favorites]

I am pretty sure these covers were by multiple artists. Poking around on Spotify I found the following, all of which have a similar vibe to what you described:

"Kind of Magic" by Ituana

"It's My Life" by Sound Behavior

"Californication" by Relajacion del Mar

"Hotel California" by Sexy Lounge Players

"Here Comes the Rain Again" by Ida Sand

"Don't You Want Me" by Stella Starlight

"Roxanne" by Future Soundscapes

There are tons of bossa nova/lounge covers playlists on Spotify.
posted by bdk3clash at 10:28 PM on July 8, 2018 [3 favorites]

I don't think this is it, but Paul Anka did an album like that, Rock Swings.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 2:03 AM on July 9, 2018 [2 favorites]

The Smooth Jazz All Stars, on Spotify have album after album of smoooooooooth instrumental covers of popular songs.
posted by Capn at 9:04 AM on July 9, 2018

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