Jazz Version of Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ [Video]
Over the decades, Guns N’ Roses‘ charttopping ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ has become part of the fabric of rock. Every element — from its ballad-like opening verses to its soaring guitar solo to its “where do we go now” breakdown — is as epic as it is familiar.
Until now. Pianist Scott Bradlee and his band Postmodern Jukebox have taken the ‘Appetite For Destruction’ favorite and transformed it completely. The results combine old-school New Orleans jazz with Axl Rose, in what surely must be a first. Miche Braden handles the memorable vocal, adding a soulful touch, even as Bradlee’s ensemble — crammed into a tiny room in Queens, New York, in the video above — meander through a boozy, warbling accompaniment.
So weird that it’s utterly transfixing, this ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ update has already drawn more than 2.6 million YouTube views — and counting — since February.
Of course, Bradlee’s fans know this isn’t the first time he’s experimented with a genre-bending cover. The Postmodern Jukebox has also done on a doo-wop version of Miley Cyrus’ pop hit ‘We Can’t Stop,’ a swing jazz cover of the George Michael-written Wham! ballad ‘Careless Whisper’ and crooner’s take on Lorde’s smash single ‘Royals.’