Jazz Version of Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ Drawing Millions of Views
Over the decades, Guns N’ Roses‘ charttopping ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ has become part of the fabric of rock. Every element — from its ballad-like opening verses to its soaring guitar solo to its “where do we go now” breakdown — is as epic as it is familiar.
Until now. Pianist Scott Bradlee and his band Postmodern Jukebox have taken the ‘Appetite For Destruction’ favorite and transformed it completely. The results combine old-school New Orleans jazz with Axl Rose, in what surely must be a first. Miche Braden handles the memorable vocal, adding a soulful touch, even as Bradlee’s ensemble — crammed into a tiny room in Queens, New York, in the video above — meander through a boozy, warbling accompaniment.
So weird that it’s utterly transfixing, this ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ update has already drawn more than 2.6 million YouTube views — and counting — since February.
Of course, Bradlee’s fans know this isn’t the first time he’s experimented with a genre-bending cover. The Postmodern Jukebox has also done on a doo-wop version of Miley Cyrus’ pop hit ‘We Can’t Stop,’ a swing jazz cover of the George Michael-written Wham! ballad ‘Careless Whisper’ and crooner’s take on Lorde’s smash single ‘Royals.’