Track of the Day: 'Jump' by Aztec Camera

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

I’ve heard a ton of transformative cover songs over the years, especially since this reader series started a few months ago, but here’s a micro-genre I haven’t encountered before: American glam metal turned Scottish new wave:

Seeing “Hey Ya!” as yesterday’s Track of the Day reminded me of a great cover of a classic ‘80s song: “Jump” by Van Halen covered by Aztec Camera. The song becomes timeless with guitar replacing the very ‘80s synthesizer in the original. Aztec Camera’s first version (with vinyl pops, clicks, and hiss) finishes with an electric guitar solo, while the second [embedded above] is shorter with only acoustic.

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