The chirps, buzzes, choral harmonies and fuzzy bass-lines of the Los Angeles synth-pop duo the Bird & the Bee's cover of Rihanna's floor-filler "Don't Stop the Music" epitomise the soundtrack at Cover to Cover, a new club night in London's Shoreditch. The idea behind the night, held in the Queen of Hoxton on Curtain Road, is piled on zeal for great cover versions. We're not talking Mike Flowers on "Wonderwall", more Ian Brown murmuring through "Thriller" or "Billy Jean", or the Bronx – a hardcore outfit from Brooklyn – bouncing along to Prince's "I Would Die for You".
Also on the night's playlist are the Gypsy Kings ("Hotel California") and the Jamaican reggae maestro Shinehead giving Jacko another bash. "It's everything from the filthiest electro covers of Iggy Pop and Kiss to the camp pop covers of Freddie Mercury and Abba," enthuse the founders, Sean Rowley and Christian Laing. These two cut their teeth on Guilty Pleasures and Buttoned Down Disco, both well-known London club nights, and are not afraid to show why the Flaming Lips are one of the few bands who can rip off "Bohemian Rhapsody" and get away with it (or not).
"It's gonna rock, rave and rule," claim Laing and Rowley, clearly as enthusiastic about alliteration as they are about pastiche. Though isn't retro due to become retro, soon?
The next Cover to Cover is tonight (www.thisiscovertocover.com)