The shock rocker’s surprising riff on Gaga’s hit puts him on a list of unusual Gaga imitators that includes Larry King and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Shock rocker Alice Cooper paved his way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with obstinate tracks like “School’s Out” and horror-show stage antics. Now he’s covering Lady Gaga, the princess of pop. Cooper performed a rendition of “Born This Way” at this year’s Bonnaroo music festival, joining a list of people you’d least expect to put their unique spins on Mother Monster’s tracks:
1. Alice Cooper – “Born This Way”
Cooper blasted out a surprise, guitar-heavy cover of “Born This Way” to close out his set at Bonnaroo over the weekend, complete with his own revisionist lyrics: “Called myself Alice/ Surprised my dad/ He just didn’t understand.” Cooper and Gaga seem like an odd combination on the surface, says Starpulse. “But once you see it, you can’t help but think it sounds pretty good.” Simply put, says William Goodman at Fuse, Cooper “slays” it.
2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Bad Romance”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt broke out in a major way after starring in Christopher Nolan’s 2010 hit Inception. Riding that wave of success, the actor covered Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” at an event to support his internet venture HitRECord, pulling off an “admirable rendition” of the song, says Celebuzz. “He makes good movies, covers good songs, supports online creativity — hard not to love this dude,” says Chris Ryan at MTV.
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