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No tenuous links this week–all of these songs are called “Hello,” and three of them are the same song, just recorded by different artists. I chose not to include the original version of the song in question, because that song is about to get rinsed.

The Maccabees “Hello”

https://youtu.be/0zc5Z1q2RzY?t=85

Yes, it’s a cover of an Adele song. I’m not going to say that it’s better than the original version, because I’ve actually only listened to the original version once, and that was by accident. It’s not that I don’t like Adele—in fact, I’m actually quite fond of her because her speaking voice reminds me of my dead grandparents. I just haven’t really got room in my life for her right now, but I do have room for The Maccabees. Although The Maccabees could record a whole album of fart noises and I’d probably be into it. The band are having a great year–they played a bunch of festivals, and they’re most recent album, Marks to Prove It, was released in July to critical acclaim. Get on the bandwagon, guys.

DNCE “Hello”

Yes, it’s a cover of an Adele song. I’m not going to say that it’s better than the original version, because it definitely isn’t better than the original version. It’s also not better than The Maccabees version. I only included it because the guy singing it is dressed up as a sad clown, which gives the whole thing a creepy David Lynch vibe. The sad clown in question is apparently Joe Jonas, who used to be in the Jonas Brothers, but he’s not in the Jonas Brothers anymore–but they’re still brothers. I think.

Leroy Sanchez “Hello”

I have no idea who this guy is. I just think it’s fucking bonkers that there are so many covers of an Adele song that came out last week. It’s not better than the Adele version, or The Maccabees version. It’s not even as good as the DNCE version, which is not very good at all—but at least that guy had the decency to dress up as a clown.

Lionel Richie “Hello”

Yes, it’s a cover of an Adele song that came out 33 years before the original, and has completely different lyrics, and is a completely different song. No sad clowns.

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