For once The 1975’s Matty Healy has got his shirt on – probably because it’s pre-watershed and we’re at the BBC – but you can still see that oft-bared chest tattoo. And of course he’s still channeling the funky 80s vibe we’ve heard so far in the various cuts of their second album, due in two weeks – the madly titled ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’. “We were going for D’Angelo”, he says later.
Yes: this is The 1975 doing Bieber in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, so going for D’Angelo seems about right, really. Depending on where you stand on The 1975’s ‘post-ironic’ renaissance, you’ll either think this is a pretty brilliant Live Lounge cover – they sample Bieber’s “I’m pretty used to it now” mid-song – or a Bieber redemption bandwagon situation. It’s hard to view it as the latter, though, because it is just so different. “We’ve got our laptop and we’ve got samples and we’re just messing around with it,” Healy says. “It’s not really like the song, but it’s good.” He’s right: this is a slowed-down, funky version of ‘Sorry’ complete with saxophone, plinky synths, sonic squiggles and special Matty Healy yelps. Take a listen below: