Like A Version is without a doubt, the best musical radio segment out there. Every week, an artist or band trundles into the triple j studio, armed with a cover to unleash upon the nation. Over the years, it has produced some stellar radio moments, including Arctic Monkeys covering ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’, Remi doing The Avalanches’ ‘Since I Left You’, Dirty Projectors giving Usher’s ‘Climax’ a burl.
This year has been no different, from Guy Sebastian’s fiery triple j debut with Paces for LDRU’s ‘Keeping Score’, Sarah Blasko honouring David Bowie with ‘Life On Mars’, or the DMA’s breathing new life into Cher’s ‘Believe’, there have been some golden moments. We went through and picked the best of them.
Guy Sebastian has made somewhat of a indie crossover move this year. The Australian Idol/Eurovision alumnus has always had a golden set of pipes, it just took a while for the triple j crowd to realise. Then came a handy feature with producer Paces, also appearing on this LDRU cover. Before you knew it, Sebastian was making his debut at Splendour In The Grass.
Violent Soho had a pretty great 2016. They took home a couple of ARIAs, landed in some Best Of lists, and played a career defining set at Splendour In The Grass. For their turn in the triple j studio, they took on one of the 2000s most underrated rock jams – Silversun Pickups’ ‘Lazy Eye’. The Mansfield boys can do no wrong at this point.
It was a big year for the NZ duo. They released their acclaimed second record, Conscious, and followed it up with a huge headlining tour here and overseas. In the midst of the tour, they dropped by the triple j studios to deliver their cover of the biggest song of the year.
Let’s be real, 2016 was a shitty year for a lot of reasons, not least because it saw the departure of too many musical legends. In January, just days after the release of his album Blackstar, David Bowie shuffled off the mortal coil, leaving behind an incredible musical legacy. Sarah Blasko paid him tribute.
If you were alive in the mid-2000s, you will know this song. Turns out 10 years later, it’s still a jam. Ta-Ku and Wafia have had a good year off the back of single ‘Love Somebody’, and the release of collaborative EP (m)edian. For their turn on LAV, they gave JoJo’s track a much needed triple j spin.
Another artist with one hell of a set of lungs, Corby took a Tina Arena classic and injected it with shiver inducing harmonies. Don’t question it, just watch.
Maitland producer Just A Gent made his Like A Version count by covering Kid Cudi’s monster cut ‘Day N Nite’. Apart from the stunning production, it was L-Fresh The Lion’s crushing verse that lit this one on fire.
Tassie’s premier rock band covering an Australian classic? It was always to be great – and it was.
The second Paul Kelly song to land in this list, this one was particularly special. A.B. Original released one of the year’s best records in Reclaim Australia, and so expectations were high when they landed in the studio for their turn. They didn’t disappoint, bringing in Kelly himself and giving one of the most memorable performances of the year.
This is what Like A Version was made for. One of the nation’s best loved alternative bands taking on a pop disco classic and turning it into an acoustic stunner. Cher’s ‘Believe’ was probably the last thing that listeners expected the DMA’s to turn up with, but thank heavens they did.