Say Lou Lou Shares Their Essential Covers

Say Lou Lou Shares Their Essential Covers

As they drop their own cover of "The Look of Love," the Swedish duo share their favorite covers.

As they drop their own cover of "The Look of Love," the Swedish duo share their favorite covers.

Text: Fred Sahai

Last week, V88 cover stars Say Lou Lou returned with a cover of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David classic “The Look Of Love.

In honor of the premiere of the accompanying music video, the twin sister duo put together a playlist of their favorite covers exclusively for V. Marrying the old with the new, these covers exemplify the timelessness of the songs. 

Say Lou Lou covered the classic Casino Royale song, which they described as “the most sensual love song ever written,” and transformed it into a glittering disco track. In the music video, the girls get their dance in matching high-cut white bodysuits. Check it for yourself below, and scroll for Say Lou Lou's covers playlist.

This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren / Original Tim Buckley

Liz Frazer's voice is just fucking magic. We've always loved Cocteau Twins, but first heard Frazer's involvement with This Mortal Coil through this song in an intense desert/ fire/ lovemaking montage from the 90's Lynch film 'Lost Highway'. We love Buckley's beautiful original equally, of course.

Saint Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart / Original by Neil Young

Bold statement, but we prefer this raw, sweet 90's dance version of Neil Young's slow folk rock song. With syncopated piano stabs and groovy beat, Saint Etienne takes the lyrical sentiment to a naive and sweet French breathing place, rather than the heavy, slow jaded tone of the original. Sorry, Neil.

Cowboy Junkies - Blue Moon Revisited (Song For Elvis) / Sung by many, perhaps most famously performed by Elvis

When we were kids, our mum would wake us up in the mornings with this the alt-country blues version of 'Blue Moon', that adds a whole new structure to the original with a new verse to the original chorus. In any version, this  beautiful, classic song aches with longing, loneliness and wonder.

Grace Jones / La Vie En Rose / Original by Edith Piaf

Grace is the best and the coolest and turns anything she touches into a sexy, groovy jam - even Piaf's classic staple of tender French romance.

Sinéad O’Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U  (Original by Prince)

Don't think this needs much of an introduction. Prince's break up anthem is just so incredibly well written, Sinéad's version pushing the sadness and seriousness to a whole other level with intensified, de-funked melody changes, padded strings and choirs. Also, granted, her buzzcut and her pure, pale face and emotive performance in the masterpiece music video leaves no one unaffected.

Bryan Ferry & Todd Terje - Johnny & Mary / Original by Robert Palmer 

This cover of Robert Palmer's 'Johnny & Mary' (which we don't particularly like) is a slow-burning, suave offering from the genius collab between fjord Disco king Todd Terje and Bryan Ferry in 2014.

Isao Tomita - Clair De Lune / Composition by Debussy

Don't know if versions of classical music necessarily count as covers, but anyway - get stoned and look at the stars to this Japanese space version of Debussy's most famous piece from Suite Bergamasque.

Tom Tom Club - You Sexy Thing / Original by Hot Chocolate

We love Tina Weymouth and love this funny funky jam version of the Hot Chocolate 70's hit.

Sonic Youth - Superstar / The Carpenters

Sonic Youth covering the family friendly Carpenters 70's pop song with their sexy, druggy post punk feels like a match made in heaven.

Kindness - Swinging Party / Original by The Replacements

Reminiscing on our teens with this 2010 Kindness cover of the 1985 Replacements classic.

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