Here’s a somewhat unlikely combination. English pop-punk singer-songwriter Yungblud has shared a new live rendition of his recent single ‘Weird!’ that interpolates ‘Smoko’ by your favourite Aussie pub rockers The Chats.
Per a presser, Yungblud linked up with Eamon Sandwith from The Chats over Zoom and received an official blessing to add his take on the track.
Indeed, the video opens with the pair speaking over chat, with Yungblud explaining, “I just wanted to see if I could put ‘Smoko’ in a mashup of one of my songs, and I needed to ask you, because I’d feel sacrilegious if I didn’t get your blessing.” Sandwith is more than happy to oblige, responding, “No, no, go for it mate. I’d love to hear it.”
Yungblud goes on to perform the song with his mask-clad backing band, beginning with ‘Weird!’ before switching to ‘Smoko’ after the first chorus. It’s an arguably more poppy take on The Chats’ original that somehow ends up feeling kind of uplifting?
Yungblud released the original version of ‘Weird!’ back in April, with rather prescient lyrics about confronting fear and anxiety. He’s expected to release his second album, the follow-up to 2018’s 21st Century Liability, later this year.
Watch the mashup below.