It must be very strange to be Adele.
Whenever Adele sings anything, even in the privacy of her own home, she is singing “an Adele song”. When she sings “Can’t Buy Me Love” in the shower, she is singing “Adele covers The Beatles”.
There have, in the history of music, existed thousands and thousands of Adele covers — covers of countless pop singers, soul divas, rock bands, and even rappers. Have you ever sung along to “Gold Digger”, “99 Problems”, or “Fix Up, Look Sharp”? I’d bet money that Adele has.
Just picture that for a second. Well, listen to it in your head. Do the aural equivalent of “picture that”.
These covers may only have existed for a few minutes, and been heard by only one person, but they’ve still existed. This is true for an amazing number of singer-song combinations:
- Kendrick Lamar sings “Single Ladies” while he cooks breakfast.
- Bruce Springsteen sings “Yellow Submarine” as he cruises down the Garden State Parkway.
- Beyoncé sings the Hamilton soundtrack after a night out on Broadway.
- Kurt Cobain sings the Monkees backstage, an hour before the concert starts.
My personal favorite to imagine: Eleanor Friedberger singing the theme song to “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in her motel room, during the California leg of a Fiery Furnaces tour.
What’s a cover you think has existed, or that you wish had existed, even for just a few minutes?