Best Covers: Jade Bird “Walk Like an Egyptian”

British singer-songwriter Jade Bird puts her spin on The Bangles’ 1986 hit “Walk Like an Egyptian” for a new Spotify Singles session, along with her own tune “Uh Huh.”

In its original incarnation, “Walk Like an Egyptian” was already a speedy number, with a drum beat that leaves the other instruments hustling to keep up. Bird somehow makes it even faster, modulating it up to a different key and setting the tempo somewhere near punk, while the drums pound out a Bo Diddley-style rhythm. Rather than a note-for-note replication, it’s a streamlined version, full of spiky electric guitar work and Bird’s dynamic singing.

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