Last night while watching the X Factor I witnessed a terrible crime against both humanity and Chaka Khan. A male youth with no distinguishing features and a guitar attempted to sing Chaka classic, Ain’t Nobody. I was immediately reminded of the first rule of cover club, ain’t nobody but Liberty X and the Bedingflields should be touching Ain’t Nobody. Next thing I knew memories of absolutely stonking BRITs performances came flooding to my mind. Truth if ever it was needed that the BRITs can be amazing when James Corden’s not involved.
So here for your delectation, a list, in no particular order apart from the order I tweeted them last night, of the top ten absolutely stonking BRITs performances.
Absolutely stonking BRITs performance pt.1 – The Bedingfields – Ain’t Nobody
why’s it stonking? coming in as the exception that proves the rule, The Bedingfields tore shit up and smashed shit down with their cover of Ain’t Nobody. A strange mix of sibling rivalry and incestuous undertones make this an unforgettable performance. Live strings and a Moroccan(?) interlude help ramp up the atmosphere. Just plain stonking really.
Absolutely stonking BRITs performance pt.2 – Kylie – Can’t Get Blue Monday Out of My
why’s it stonking? Blue Monday is a top quality New Order song and Can’t Get You Out of My Head, one of the few Kylie songs I can remember off the top of my head*, is also a bit of a banger. I’d known about this mashup for quite a while because I am obviously better than you/have no life but this was the first time Kylie had really acknowledge it, let alone performed it. Seeing it ‘live’ was every bit as good as I could have expected.
*the other two are The Locomotion and Slow
Absolutely stonking BRITs performance pt.3 – Florence + Dizzee Rascal – You Got The Dirtee Love
why’s it stonking? Florence and Dizzee are both pretty stonking at the best of times so adding them together was always going to be great. You Got The Love is a floor filler and karaoke classic and Dirtee Love is, well a song but it’s amazing how well they go together. Florence is at her best singing sweeping, soaring whale song-esque notes so add Dizzee rapping over that and you’ve got a winner.