Kate Bush Cover of the Day #39: Babooshka by Jeanne Cherhal and J.P. NatafMay 20th, 2011 by Reinder
Ooh, I like this a lot. It's a bit rough in places, but what do you expect? You're not supposed to perform 'Babooshka' as a duo of a bass guitarist and an electric guitarist, swapping lead vocals between a male and a female singer, and with both singers having a French accent. But that's what I like about it. It's spirited, raw and different. And you can't go wrong with a beard like that. You just can't.
I'm not 100% sure about the date, but it seems that Cherhal and Nataf were touring as a duo in 2005 and 2006, so that's a good guess.
Yesterday, I wrote that I was probably going to break down and do the famous covers that people had probably been expecting from the start of this series more than a month ago. But there are just so many covers available, and the range of performing styles is so great, I'm just having too much fun finding new versions. I'll be quite happy if I can delay Placebo, the Futureheads, Maxwell and so on till past the fiftieth episode of this series.
J.P. Nataf's website has a bunch of video's on its front page. Check out his version of 'You Can Call Me Al'.
Jeanne Cherhal's website is prettier and gives a good impression of her music, but it's all in Flash and plays automatically on load, so beware.