Thanks to the efforts of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox and singer Miche Braden, the world now knows how heavy metal rockers, Guns N’ Roses sound with their knees rouged up and their stockings down.
Their New Orleans jazz take on 1987’s “Sweet Child O’ Mine” replaces the preening rock god sensitivity of the original with a sort of mature, female swagger harkening all the way back Bessie Smith. (Braden’s stage credits include turns as Billie Holiday, Valaida Snow, and Ma Rainey.)
The backup musicians get in on the fun, too, retooling Slash’s guitar solo as a horn-driven cakewalk. I know which party I’d rather hit!
Over the years, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” has proved a remarkably study workhorse, withstanding attempts to make it over as electronica, a Gregorian Chant and Brazilian prog rock. Or how about this version played on the Guzheng, an ancient Chinese instrument. Postmodern Jukebox’s entry into this stakes is not without gimmick, but it’s a winning one.
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Keep singing your SONG! MAMA LAwdy!
Smoking arrangement….totally killed it….fantastic!
Wow. Just. Wow.
Just fantastic! More please!
I think I just shed a happy tear. Yum!
This is by far my favorite version of the song! If it comes out on CD, I’m buying it.
Momma’s got it…..the rest of you boys…..”Once more with FEELING!”
I loved this song before and think I love it even more this way! Way to sing it!!!!
LOVED IT! Especially that last note hit! Oh yea!
That is fkn AWESOME!!!
Wow, loved it. Magnificent job. Never liked the original song, but now I see it in a whole new way
Did Axl have more plastic surgery?????
He sure sounds better!!!
Best thing I’ve heard in years! And the Grammy goes to…..
I felt the overwhelming urge to start clapping and yelling WOOOOO!!! at the end :D
Bluegrass take of Bruno Mars’ “Locked out of Heaven” by Chicago band, Gussied. https://youtube.com/watch?v=vRT0ow-L4sI
Please please please put this on iTunes or something, please!
I’m going to check our postmodern jukebox on iTunes, thanks!
OMG SING it Sister!!!! This was AMAZING!!! Looking this band up now for more!! Just WOW.
It’s great! :-D
Much better than the original!!!!
Pesonaly i like the rock version Axle rose did a little better But this girl brings a Whole new cool to a Great Song she hit it staight out of the blues fest!! hope to see her some where!
I could listen to them all Sunday long, it’s that good and so full of life. Bravo.
LOVE THIS!!!! Is this version available on iTunes or Spotify????
This was beyond awesome ! She needs to sing our national anthem at a big sporting event !
Incredible. Sensational. AHMAYZING.
It is available on an album: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/twist-is-the-new-twerk/id808705152
Whoa, Seth – you have some great taste in music!
Take me to the juke joint!
Outstanding! Downloading the CD asap!
Cute cover, but I think everyone needs to calm down a bit.
dammm …. like it ?!! (Y)
Do “Enter Sandman” next.
AMAZING! Just amazing!
I thought, No Way this could work…but they did it. It’s Good!
you just made my year!
I liked it very much! I still like the original better but I love it when artists take songs & put a new twist on them.
Hot damn! That was blissful!
Awesome beyond all belief! My favorite version now!
How about the awesome 8-bit version from D-Pad Hero? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSv0P1oTWCo
Awesome. Better than the original!
love it love it love it amazing performing amazing voice great gig
Hot and sassy…. way cool!!
Why is this tagged as comedy?
Yeah .. BETTER than the ORIG . but That’s not Hard to Do .. Since GNR SUCK ! .. They’ve NEVER been GOOD and are SO SO OVER-RATED ! .. not even REAL metal .. wanna be crap ..
This is GREAT !! . I’d actually BUY THIS ! .. I wouldn’t Take gnr for Free ..
I’d pay to hear a full cd of metal or punk covers in this style, Black Hole Sun, Blondie Rip her to Shreds or any, Stone cold Crazy, Van Halen, More Guns N Roses, etc…
Rock on sistah!!!
Better than before! Love it!
This is great. I would love to see a full set of GnR covers in this style called “Appetite for Prohibition” sometime soon.
This is just so awesome!! Love this rendition so much! Thanks for the experience.
FANTASTIC!! I would love to see more songs redone in this style. I was born in the wrong time.
THIS IS JUST FABULOUS…..sweet New Orleans Jazz
This was amazing! I just loved the vocals, it was perfect! WOW!
That is great…,
great n awesome !
How can I save this with my music awesome
Makes me miss NO music sooo much! What a devine voice. Please tell me they have a CD with this song on it!
What a fantastic voice .
After watching many times, this video seems to be a “green srcreen” shot. The talent is there, but, please, opinions are welcomed.