The cover we never anticipated but the cover that we deserve. HAIM graced BBC Radio Live Lounge today to deliver the most stunning mash-up we have ever witnessed. The alt-rock royalty have blended Nirvana’s 1991 Nevermind single ‘In Bloom’ with Lil Nas X’s 7 track ‘Panini’. Never in our lives have we ever experienced something quite so ambitious.
‘Panini’ was Nas X’s first follow up single to the insurmountable yeehaw ballad ‘Old Town Road.’ The song’s track accidentally sampled the melody of Nirvana’s ‘In Bloom’, and credits Kurt Cobain as a co-writer, even though Lil Nas X had never even listened to Nevermind.
“One of the craziest things about ‘Panini’ is it introduced me to Nirvana’s album Nevermind,” Lil Nas revealed to Zane Lowe. “It’s like I always seen the cover but I never actually listened to it. And people was like, ‘Wow, he sampled Nirvana.’ I was like, no. It’s like, I didn’t realize I was using almost the exact same melody.”
Now, HAIM have capitalised on that happy accident by transforming the two tracks into a monolithic mashup, which you can listen to below.
Watch: HAIM – Panini (Lil Nas X cover) in BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge
Whilst in the studio, HAIM cracked off a performance of their latest single ‘Summer Girl’, check it out below.
Watch: HAIM – ‘Summer Girl’ in BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge
This isn’t the BBC Live Lounge’s first rodeo with Lil Nas X, earlier this month R&B king Anderson .Paak delivered a soulful cover of the inimitable ‘Old Town Road’.