Britain’s hottest band just released a cover of a Madonna classic

You will hear a lot about Wet Leg this year. One of the UK’s highest profile bands in recent years, the English duo finished second in BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2022 poll.

We included them in our list of 22 artists to watch in 2022: “The duo are everywhere by the minute, oozing effortless cool in everything they do,” we wrote. “Their songs are performed with a nod and a wink, imbued with a charming sense of absurdity. Indie rock at the fun end of the spectrum.

Everything about Wet Leg – Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers – screams idiosyncratic and it continues with an utterly unique cover of Madonna’s “Material Girl.”

The band stopped by SiriusXMU this week and released their totally unrecognizable version of the ’80s hit: the gloopy pop veneer is gone, replaced by a taut rock anthem. The guitars are blurry and menacing as Teasdale deliberately drags his vocals, performing a sort of absurd take on the sprechgesang.

After hearing the cover, you really feel like “They can beg and they can plead / But they can’t see the light (that’s right) / ‘Cause the boy with the cold and ringing cash / Always right to sir” was made to be delivered this way (see below).

It cannot be overemphasized: Wet Leg have only released two singles. Rarely has a group emerged so quickly, certainly not one that has crossed the Atlantic so quickly and efficiently. Prior to their appearance on SiriusXMU, they had already captured the attention of the United States with their first late night performance on Seth Meyers and their Tiny Desk Concert for NPR.

Everything is therefore ready for their next self-titled debut album to be one of the most commented releases of the year. wet leg set to arrive on April 8 via Domino.

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“Material Girl” was featured on the classic 1984 album like a virgin, and helped make Madonna an icon of 80s pop. It has since been covered by Britney Spears, Hilary and Haylie Duff and Idina Menzel.

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