Pakistani Orchestra Plays Eastern-Flavored Version of REM’s “Everybody Hurts”

A little while back, we gave you  The Sachal Studios Orchestra, based in Lahore, Pakistan, playing an innovative cover of “Take Five,” the jazz standard written by Paul Desmond and performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1959. While he was still alive, Brubeck called it the “most interesting” version of “Take Five” he had ever heard. Now, the Pakistani Orchestra is back with an interpretation of “Everybody Hurts,” the melancholic song from the 1992 REM album Automatic for the People. It will appear on the forthcoming album Jazz and All That, scheduled for release this summer.

For more great moments in musical fusion, don’t miss these performances:

Watch Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Voodoo Chile’ Performed on a Gayageum, a Traditional Korean Instrument

Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” Performed on Traditional Chinese Instruments

Pakistani Musicians Play Amazing Version of Dave Brubeck’s Jazz Classic, “Take Five”

If you’re an REM fan, catch these:

R.E.M.’s Final Encore (and an Early Concert from Germany)

R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” Reworked from Minor to Major Scale


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  1. Karen says . . . | May 26, 2013 / 5:39 pm

    I think this is fabulous. REM fan but not real fond of this song, love this renditions, thank you!

  2. Joe says . . . | May 26, 2013 / 6:27 pm

    That was beautiful, a new take on the saddest song I’ve ever heard.

  3. Haydee M. says . . . | May 26, 2013 / 6:36 pm

    Hmmm…wow. Absolutely sublime.

  4. Carolyn rose says . . . | May 26, 2013 / 6:36 pm

    Life long rem fan, a very sad song, it was a eye opening rendition

  5. Carmen allen says . . . | May 26, 2013 / 11:16 pm

    I love this REM song and this version is great!

  6. Matt says . . . | May 27, 2013 / 2:18 am

    Awful, maybe the worst I ever heard…

  7. Catherine Berthelette says . . . | May 27, 2013 / 8:09 am

    Bravo,absolutely beautiful !!!!

  8. Brian Conyers says . . . | May 27, 2013 / 11:17 am

    A stunning performance. Well done!!! to the performers of this exquisite piece of music.

  9. Jalal says . . . | May 27, 2013 / 7:48 pm

    Amazing! Well done lads!

  10. eListeners.com says . . . | May 28, 2013 / 3:00 am

    boooo…. Absolutely fab

  11. paolo canali says . . . | May 28, 2013 / 12:00 pm

    a great orchestra, with “different” instruments….and a great simple song… amazing version!!!

  12. Roman from Poland says . . . | May 29, 2013 / 3:35 pm

    To wykonanie znanego utworu jest dla mnie dowodem na to, że kiedyś znikną wszelkie granice na tym najpiękniejszym ze światów. Ten czas jest całkiem bliski

  13. Susan says . . . | May 29, 2013 / 10:01 pm

    This was a very cool interpretation of this song. Thanks!

  14. teresa berti says . . . | June 5, 2013 / 2:52 pm

    che meraviglia

  15. denis kelleher says . . . | June 8, 2013 / 2:52 pm

    beautiful version of a great song

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