Watch as Courtney Barnett covers The Lemonheads ‘Paid To Smile’

Barnett hails it ‘the perfect pop song’

Courtney Barnett has covered The Lemonheads’ 1993 song ‘Paid To Smile’ in full, two weeks after partially covering the song.

Barnett covered part of ‘Paid To Smile’ during a gig in Philadelphia on May 26, but performed the whole song for a session on Canadian radio station CBC Radio 2’s The Strombo Show.


In an interview with Qantas airline’s in-flight magazine giving her dream travel playlist, Barnett called ‘Paid To Smile’ “the perfect pop song”. The song originally featured on The Lemonheads’ 1993 album ‘Come On Feel The Lemonheads’.

It’s the second time Barnett has covered a song from ’Come On Feel The Lemonheads’, having regularly performed ‘Being Around’ on tour in 2014.

Barnett and her band recently joined The Breeders to record backing vocals on the band’s new album, their first since 2008. She next plays in the UK with a headline show at Summer Series at London Somerset House on July 13, before playing Latitude and Longitude festivals that weekend.

The Leomheads toured in 2015, but their most recent album was 2009’s covers set ‘Varshons’. Ryan Adams said in 2012 that he was going to produce a new album featuring Juliana Hatfield’s return to the band for the first time since 1989. But there has as yet been no sign of the album.

Watch Barnett perform ‘Avant Gardener’ for NME’s Basement Sessions below.


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