You remember Justin Bieber‘s latest hit, “Boyfriend,” don’t you? It was a song that featured a little bit of rapping, a little bit of romance, and a whole lot of swag. You couldn’t possibly forget it.
But you might when you hear one of my very favorites, Marina and the Diamonds, covering the song. It’s really a little bit more of a reworking of the song than it is a cover – where Justin’s song is all about “if I was your boyfriend,” Marina’s version is all about “when you were my boyfriend” – but it’s absolutely lovely. She made this shitty, shitty song by Justin Bieber into something magical, and that’s why I love her so much. To be fair though, she did cut out a couple of parts, one of them being my favorite line from the original song (“swag, swag, swag on you, chillin’ by the fire while we eatin’ fondue”), so maybe that had something to do with it?
No, Marina’s just awesome like that. A couple of years ago, she took a song by 3OH!3, which I love for different reasons, and redid it in a similar way. Here’s the original song:
And Marina’s outstanding cover:
See what I mean?