In an episode of Spotify’s “Under Cover,” Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie shared his love for the undeniably good song “Hey Ya” by Outkast. Additionally, the band covered the song, giving it mad justice.
Aside from covering the banger, Panic! gave a heartfelt point by point break down of what Outkast’s version meant for them as a band.
So much love for @OutKast ❤️ Breaking down the genius of Hey Ya on @Spotify‘s Under Cover podcast https://t.co/iDb6TecAAO + listen to our cover after https://t.co/1vXWYbVzv9 pic.twitter.com/DGOLKpgeIj
— Panic! At The Disco (@PanicAtTheDisco) October 18, 2018
“It has to come from a place of passion,” Urie says. “You have to be in love with that track. If you’re doing it for notoriety, it’s probably going to suffer because you’re not going to have the right mindset or the passion behind it.”
Urie goes on to say that the first time he heard “Hey Ya” was in high school, stating that it was almost “shocking” and “unlike anything” he had heard in his life.
“If I had to describe Outkast’s “Hey Ya” to somebody that has never heard it, I would have to say it’s bouncy, it has acoustic guitar, is has no cymbals — It’s literally a kick and snare, the production is gonna blow your mind,” Urie says. “There’s a farty synth in it, there are all kinds of noises that pop in and out and the lyrics are fun.”
The band cites playing other covers from Radiohead to Smashing Pumpkins, saying that not only are the songs fun for the band to play, they also share a key role in their career. You can check out the full podcast here.
With no major bells or whistles, the band encapsulates the musicianship behind Outkast’s original banger. With a few extra BPMs and harmonies, Panic! still manage to put a signature, energetic twist on the song.
Listen to Panic!’s incredible take on the song below.
For reference, check out the original too!
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