Hear Miguel Cover Elton John’s ‘Bennie and the Jets’
By Scott T. Sterling
Miguel can make anything sound sexy. Even “Bennie and the Jets.”
The “Adorn” singer recorded a new version of Elton John‘s 1973 song, choosing to stay true to the original arrangement while adding a few modern flourishes of his very own, including a buzzing synthesizer bass line, a few digital piano stutters and his own signature vocal styling.
The version also comes complete with a rap from Wale, who makes a wry reference to the original lyrics, rapping about how she’s “in a mohair suit signing autographs.” Miguel also shout outs this mohair suit, wondering, “Where do you get a mohair suit anyway?” Logical question, really.
Miguel’s cover is one of a series of high-profile re-dos and remixes from the 40th anniversary edition of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, out March 25. As a bonus, the anniversary edition comes with a covers album that includes renditions of Elton’s hits by Ed Sheeran, Hunter Hayes, the Band Perry, John Grant, Emeli Sande, Zac Brown Band and Fall Out Boy, who yesterday released their high-energy take on “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.”
Hear Miguel’s version of “Bennie and the Jets” below.