In looking for creative inspiration, Scott Bradlee began reworking popular music as an exercise. In 2009, he released “Hello My Ragtime ’80s,” in which he incorporated popular music from the ’80s with ragtime-style piano. After playing and experimenting on stage at his regular gig at Robert Restaurant, Bradlee released the compilation Mashups by Candlelight. He would finally begin to gain popularity with his release of A Motown Tribute to Nickleback in 2012, a collaboration with local musicians which arranged Nickleback’s songs in the style of ’60s style R&B music.
In 2013, Bradlee began to work more seriously on forming Postmodern Jukebox, a rotating group of musicians producing covers of pop songs in the styles of jazz, ragtime, and swing. The group broke out onto the public radar with their doo-wop cover of Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop”. Several artists have publicly noted their appreciation for the group’s work. As the viral surge grew, Bradlee was interviewed by news outlets such as NPR and also performed live on Good Morning America and Fuse. The group capped off their meteoric year with a visit to Cosmopolitan Magazine’s New York office for a year end review of their work and popular songs from the year. — wikipedia
Postmodern Jukebox at Cosmopolitan
My goal with Postmodern Jukebox is to get my audience to think of songs not as rigid, ephemeral objects, but like malleable globs of silly putty. Songs can be twisted, shaped, and altered without losing their identities–just as we grow, age, and expire without losing ours–and it is through this exploration that the gap between “high” and “low” art can be bridged most readily. — www.postmodernjukebox.com
And now for some music …
Postmodern Jukebox – “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – New Orleans Style Guns N’ Roses Cover ft. Miche Braden
Postmodern Jukebox – Call Me Maybe – Vintage Carly Rae Jepsen Cover
Postmodern Jukebox – A Motown Tribute to Nickelback