Fearne Cotton’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed presenting style was never to everyone’s taste on Radio 1, but as the departing DJ waves goodbye to London’s New Broadcasting House there are surely two things we can all agree on: 1) Nobody reads a gushing tweet with quite as much enthusiasm, and 2) She’s overseen some stellar Live Lounge performances during her tenure. Having taken over the station’s flagship live sessions from Jo Whiley, she’s coaxed covers out of pretty much anyone who’s anyone in pop music. With Fearne hanging up her headphones after a decade on the BBC station, and with Clara Amfo poised to take over the Live Lounge reins, what better time to look back at five of our favourite performances?
Florence and the Machine – ‘Take Care’
On Fearne’s ‘Live Lounge Special’ back in November 2011, Florence leant her imperious vocals to a string-backed cover of this tune by – as she points out in her intro – three current pop titans: Jamie xx, Drake and Rihanna.
The Vaccines – ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’
Perhaps inspired by Arctic Monkeys’ classic Live Lounge cover of Girls Aloud’s ‘Love Machine’ (which sadly for this blog came when Jo Whiley was in the hotseat), Justin and co. took on Taylor Swift’s mammoth pop smash in September 2012.
Lethal Bizzle – ‘Wild Frontier’
While many go down the novelty pop cover route in the Live Lounge, here’s Lethal Bizzle from April this year taking The Prodigy’s muscular recent single ‘Wild Frontier’ and beefing it up even further.
Slaves – ‘Shutdown’
One of the most impressive Live Lounge feats of all time came just a couple of weeks ago, when Slaves’ Isaac Holman set himself the not inconsiderable challenge of rapping all of Skepta’s ‘Shutdown’ while simultaneously playing the drumbeat. Fearne had to work double-time on the stunned tweets that day.
The Maccabees – ‘Lean On’
More recently, total babes The Maccabees slinked their way through a cover of Major Lazer’s ‘Lean On’. We’re a bit disappointed they didn’t do ‘Bubble Butt’, but we’ll live.