Here’s something I wasn’t expecting to say in 2019, but Hilltop Hoods have proven that the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Phil Collins can be mashed together into one track. And it seems to be dividing everyone who’s heard it.
2019 has seen a plethora of incredible Like A Version entries. So much so that I’ve said that the compilation cd this year is going to look more like a multi-disk anthology like the ones you could buy from Danoz Direct.
From absolute sack-whackers like Denzel Curry‘s ‘Bulls On Parade‘ to the utterly and heartbreakingly emo Death Cab For Cutie tribute from Halsey and Yungblud, it’s all been red hot from top to bottom.
Hilltop Hoods’ 2019 offering is certainly something LIKE a version. It’s definitely A Take on RHCP’s ‘Can’t Stop‘, it cannot be denied. It sure does exist in the spectrum of bands-that-have-covered-other-bands-on-the-national-broadcaster.
The Adelaide gang took the huge track down more of a soulful reggae route, with powerhouse singer Nyassa on the harmonies and Anatole and Kirsty Tickle from Party Dozen/Exhibitionist on the horns, and mixed in Phil Collins’ huge ‘In The Air Tonight‘ for good measure.
Some punters took issue with the cover though, from the fact that there was zero slap bass present (Flea would be so upset) and one of the guitars sounded mighty out of tune (???), the Hilltop Hoods edition definitely divided anyone who caught it on Triple J this morning.
As someone who spent a big part of her teen years learning to play Red Hot Chili Peppers songs on guitar and bass METICULOUSLY, I am offended by this morning's Like A Version. send tweet
— touch typer (@sophbenj) May 17, 2019
never thought i’d see hilltop hoods cover rhcp but here we are
— bec???? (@aetherghouls) May 17, 2019
Anyway, you’re a grown-up adult human with your own thoughts and opinions, so go ahead and take a listen to Hilltop Hoods’ LAV that kinda does sound like a newlywed couple are going to dance into the room halfway through, causing Suffa to make an impromptu speech introducing them.Image: YouTube / Triple J