Fun open up about covering Gotye with Paramore’s Hayley Williams

Nate Ruess also tells NME about what he's heard of the new Paramore record

Fun revealed that their cover of Gotye‘s multimillion-selling single ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, which they performed earlier today (May 16) with Paramore singer Hayley Williams, very nearly didn’t happen.

The pop rock band, who will release their second studio album ‘Some Nights’ on May 21, covered the track for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge with Williams joining them via satellite link-up. You can hear the track by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Speaking to NME, singer Nate Ruess said that the band were happy with the cover, but that it had been thrown into chaos when multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost contracted food poisoning overnight and they had to perform without him.

Asked about the performance, Ruess said: “I think it went well. It was a pretty hectic morning, we were never sure how linking Hayley into the show was going to go, it seemed like a pretty daunting technological task.”

He continued: “Then, to top it off, Andrew got food poisoning and suddenly we had no piano, which was the base of our original version. The fact that we got through it was unbelievable.”

Ruess added that though they’d performed onstage many times with Williams, this is the first time they’d arranged something together. He added: “We’ve never worked together, she’d always come up and sing with us when we were on tour, so we’ve sort of worked together.”

Then asked if he’d heard anything of the new Paramore record or if he’d be making an appearance, Ruess said: “I’m not going to be involved at all. I’m going to be a fan from a far. I think we might meet up in LA and hang out in a few weeks, but I like to stay as far away as possible from any artists who are friends. I refuse to listen to demos, so I’ve not heard anything.”

You can watch the video for Fun’s previous single ‘All The Pretty Girls’ by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

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