Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic covers Lorde’s ‘Royals’ on accordion – watch

He follows in the footsteps of Bruce Springsteen, who also recently played his own version of the hit

Founding member of Nirvana Krist Novoselic has covered Lorde’s hit ‘Royals’ on the accordion.

Click above to watch the instrumental performance of the song, which took place during a show at Takoma Park in Maryland on March 9, via Consequence of Sound. The gig took place as part of the Fair Vote campaign.

Speaking in 2012 to Fuse, Novoselic said he was “obsessed” with playing the accordion. He commented: “I’m obsessed with the accordion. You know how some people have dark obsessions, that are embarrassing or self-destructive? My obsession is accordion playing. I have to play every day and I play it for hours. I play polkas and I play Beatles songs and Rolling Stones songs and Nirvana songs.”

Bruce Springsteen also recently covered ‘Royals’ and Lorde has said that the version he played during a recent concert in New Zealand “made her teary”. The Boss performed the song at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on March 1, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and harmonica.

Speaking to, Lorde praised Springsteen and discussed her reaction to watching the cover version online, “My Twitter went mental. Everyone in New Zealand was like ‘You can’t believe what just happened!’ It was so exciting. It was the highest honour. He’s such an incredible songwriter. I got a little teary. It was very cool.”

“It’s crazy when someone like that is covering your song,” she added. “Those words were nothing before I put them into my laptop and started messing around with them in the studio. It’s crazy to me they could come out of someone’s mouth who is that respected.”