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Freaky Friday: Matt Corby covers The Black Keys' 'Lonely Boy'

by Nicole Oran   Dec 6, 2013 14:47 PM EST

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At Music Times, we love a good cover song. There's something wonderful about repurposing music and essentially bringing life to another creation. Music is not a rigid and inflexible product but rather a malleable one that allows songs to take on a new life as others reimagine it. Nothing gets a crowd more excited than seeing one of their favorite bands cover one of their favorite songs. The cover song makes music accessible to new audiences, and spreading music is what we are all about.

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Welcome to Freak Friday. Each week we highlight a new cover song that we're crazy about. Have suggestions? Send them our way! This week, we give you...

Song: "Lonely Boy:
Cover Artist: Matt Corby
Original Artist: The Black Keys

Why We Love it: Two years ago today, Nashville band The Black Keys released El Camino, its anticipated next big hit in collaboration with producer Danger Mouse after becoming a well known rock sensation with the album Brothers, which prompted Spin to name the band "Artist of the Year" for 2010. Australian singer-songwriter Matt Corby took the track "Lonely Boy" and broke it down to a more simplified acoustic version last year, proving that the catchy up-tempo beat wasn't the only thing the track had going for it.

Background: "Lonely Boy" was released as a single in October of 2011, welcomed by overwhelmingly positive reception. The song was The Black Keys' highest-charting song in the U.S. and abroad. It reached number 64 on the Billboard Hot 100 list and number 2 on the Australian Singles Chart, which might explain why Corby felt so inclined to take on this track in his own way. In addition to topping charts, "Lonely Boy" brought the band Grammys in 2013 for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and they received a nomination for Record of the Year.

Check out Matt Corby's deconstructed and soulful version of the award winning song below. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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