Phillip Phillips Covers Gnarles Barkley's "Crazy" (VIDEO)

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Phillip Phillips pulled “Crazy” by Gnarles Barkley out of his bag of covers when he performed at the Mix 94.1′s Bite of Las Vegas on Saturday.

The American Idol winner warned the audience that he hadn’t sung the tune in a while, “If I mess up…just kind of turn your head the other way,” he joked with the audience.

Needless to say, he does not mess up. It’s a pretty sweet jam.

Watch below.

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  • fuzzywuzzy

    Some great solo guitar work by Errol!

    OTOH, the singing is exactly what I expected from P2. lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    This guy who plays lead guitar for P2 is really good!

  • IrisandLilies

    Okay, I realize a few of the notes Phillip sang were wonky, but I have to say, his raspy voice always gets a positive physical reaction from me. 

    Anyway, this seems to be a very popular song with Idols.  I remember that Adam Lambert wanted to sing this during the competition, and I think Crystal Bowersox wanted to sing it on the tour.  However, neither were able to get the song cleared. 

    By the way, was Erroll Cooney backing Phillip up?  It sounds like his guitar work based on the many past performances of Phillip I have listened to.

  • girlygirltoo

    Adam and Kris covered this when they did the Detroit corporate event right after the tour ended.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp6BswDGAIg

    and then they, plus Allison, did it again as the last number in the Kradison concert in New York City.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxUxa4sCo4s

    This is a rather low-key version by Phillip. The guitar work by Errol is what makes it work. I wonder if Phillip is going to try and get him in his band when he really goes out on tour?

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I believe Jason Castro covered this song on the Season 7 tour. Both he and Archie wanted to sing it on the show, itself, as I recall, but Idol could not get permission. 

  • IrisandLilies

    Whether Errol goes out with Phillip on tour probably depends upon the number of guitar players needed and whether Phillip can bring his brother-in-law, Ben, on tour.  If there can only be one guitar player, and if Phillip has the ability to bring his brother-in-law along, it will be Ben who will be playing the guitar on stage with Phillip. 

    Phillip, however, should get some credit for recognizing the skills of his backing musicians, encouraging them to display those skills on stage, and receding into the background during their instrumental solos.  Unlike some Idols, he realizes that music is not only about the voice and that the contributions of the musicians are just as important. 

  • Xentusk

    Haley said she tried to, and didn’t get the OK to do this song on AI S10 (I think Jacob Lusk requested it too)

    Here is Haley’s cover pre-Idol, with her band (between S9  audition and S10, I think)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzKoU-3cIXc

    The guitar work on Phillips version definitely elevated his performance IMO

  • tucker davis

    Thanks for posting this! I mentioned this in another thread. This is one of my favorite songs and was pleasantly surprised that PP covered this so well. He has a way of melting into each song he performs and making you feel the music…these two work together very well!

  • Pippygirl

    As long as Phillip continues to have a great guitar player drown out his vocals he should be fine. ;)

  • ri2

    OMG, I LOVED this. Just loved everything about it from start to finish.

    As someone already mentioned, I think Phillip has a great appreciation for his fellow musicians and always tries to acknowledge them when he can.  This guitarist he shared the stage with was spectacular, added so much to an already very cool performance.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Okay, I realize a few of the notes Phillip sang were wonky”

    Yep. Exactly what I expected. lol

  • Incipit

    I believe Jason Castro covered this song on the Season 7 tour. Both he and Archie wanted to sing it on the show, itself, as I recall, but Idol could not get permission. 

    That’s true, Sassycatz. Jason even auditioned with it – so we never saw his audition. CeeLo is OK with Idol (or other shows) using it, but Danger Mouse is not. Singing it live is a different thing. I’ve since heard both Archie and Jason’s versions. I didn’t know Crystal wanted to do it too!

    Heh. That song is approaching “Halleleujah” status, for number of people who cover it.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Phillip, however, should get some credit for recognizing the skills of his backing musicians, encouraging them to display those skills on stage, and receding into the background during their instrumental solos.

    Indeed. It’s reassuring to see P2 learning the ropes of being a professional musician. Most do try to have a solid band and it’s more common than not that lead guitarists get solo time — as, often do drummers — so it’s great that P2 is embracing the common practice.

    He’s also very fortunate to get to work with Errol Cooney, who’s a moderately recognized guitar-playing great among touring and session musicians, particularly (but not only) for blues guitar.

  • girlygirltoo

    From what I’ve heard off the YT vids, Errol is a much better guitarist than Phillip’s brother-in-law. If it was me, if I had to choose which one to have in my band, I’g go with Errol. But I understand Ben being family makes that more difficult. And of course, maybe Errol wouldn’t want to be in a touring band.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Errol Cooney has played with big name stars (e.g. Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Willie Nelson, John Mayer, etc.), so his stellar guitar playing has been recognized by established artists in the music industry. Interesting interview with him:

    http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/errol-cooney/6744
     
    Suffice it to say that P2 is very lucky to share the stage with Errol.

  • usedtobelucy

    ” Whether Errol goes out with Phillip on tour probably depends upon the
    number of guitar players needed and whether Phillip can bring his
    brother-in-law, Ben, on tour.  If there can only be one guitar player,
    and if Phillip has the ability to bring his brother-in-law along, it
    will be Ben who will be playing the guitar on stage with Phillip.”

    Is that actually his decision to make? Seems to me that in the past it hasn’t been. Or am I missing something here.

  • usedtobelucy

     ”Unlike some Idols, he realizes that music is not only about the voice
    and that the contributions of the musicians are just as important. ”

    Can you name some of the Idols who are renowned for not caring about the quality of their instrumental colleagues?

    Seems to me I can think of quite a few who have been very very committed to choosing great backing bands.

    Are you thinking of anybody in particular that you can name or are you just assuming that Phillip’s one of the few who actually cares about instrumentals because he’s an instrumentalist himself?

  • girlygirltoo

    In the past,the general practice seems to have been that friends/family members have had to audition before they have been allowed to join an Idol’s touring band. I know Cale had to audition before he was made part of Kris’ band, and I believe the guys who are in David Cook’s band who had played with him pre-Idol also had to audition. Not sure about the guys in Daughtry’s band.

    So if Phillip wants his brother-in-law in his band, I wouldn’t be surprised if Interscope/his management makes Ben pass an audition first.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Does P2 introduce Errol to the audience or does he just remain an anonymous backup guitar player/vocalist. I would assume that if P2 appreciated Errol’s stellar playing that he would introduce him by name.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mmcrell Mike McRell

    Any video I have seen where they show him talking and not just the performance…he always introduces him to the crowd or the audience.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Does he encourage the audience to applaud Errol after a song where Errol has a solo?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Phillip, however, should get some credit for recognizing the skills of
    his backing musicians, encouraging them to display those skills on
    stage, and receding into the background during their instrumental
    solos.  Unlike some Idols, he realizes that music is not only about the
    voice and that the contributions of the musicians are just as
    important.”

    Yes, I’m sure that after playing with the likes of Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, and Christina Aguilera, Errol is thrilled to be recognized as a good player by P2. lol

    While we’re on the topic of guitar playing, why doesn’t P2 play any guitar solo’s? He’s made a point of distinguishing his own guitar playing from the “strumming” of other Idols, yet Errol is the one who is always playing the impressive guitar solo’s. I think that it’s probably because Errol can play rings around P2, and it would be embarassing for P2 to try to play any solo’s after Errol has played. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/mmcrell Mike McRell

    Don’t know if he ‘encourages’ the crowd to cheer for a solo…haven’t seen him live.  But, in everything I have ever read or interviews I have seen & Errol is brought up…he is very complimentary of him and his skills.
    I don’t think the person who said that he is the ‘idol’ that appreciates the band etc., wasn’t putting down the other ‘idols’ they were just saying that Phillip always seemed to go out of his way to thank the band or whoever backed him up…you just didn’t see that from everyone.  I am sure they all appreciate the people who back them up….us as the audience just didn’t see it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Looking the way P2 plays the guitar, I doubt he knows scale shapes and melodic patterns enough to do a good guitar solo. He’s basically a rhythm guitarist good enough to play some basic folk rock.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    With all of the videos of Idols that I’ve seen in concert, they always have a part where they introduce their band members by name and thank them. I really don’t think that P2 is at all “special” in this regard.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That’s the impression that I have too, which is why I find it odd that he seems to repeatedly distinguish his guitar playing from that of other Idols. I would have expected him to play some solo’s on his guitar if he were very good.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    With all of the videos of Idols that I’ve seen in concert, they always have a part where they introduce their band members by name and thank them

    That’s been consistent with my experience, too, and it’s what I’ve seen from non-Idol performers as well. Some of my blog reviews indicate that I didn’t catch the names, but that’s not because the names weren’t said. It’s because I was doing audience stuff like clapping (and keeping a grip on my drink) rather than taking notes.

    Still, it’s good that P2′s caught on to this tradition before his first full-band tour.

  • http://twitter.com/saiq2004 adriana

    Do you see his LOLLIPOP-LOSE YOUR SELF MIX that he did?, it’s at the same youtube’s channel is REALLY GOOD.

  • hellomusicgirl

    Jason and Archie both sang Crazy during Hollywood Week on their season of Idol (along with perhaps some others??) but they couldn’t get it cleared for airing. Idol actually showed the end of Archie performing it and getting feedback from the judges — the bit where he was at the keyboard — but dubbed it over with his audition of Waiting on the World To Change from the earlier round. I’m sure that are many Jason and Archie fans that wish that one day that footage might be released from the “vault” lol.

    Archie has continued to perform it in certain concerts, with the last being the final show of his Asian tour last year. Its one of my favorite covers he does.

    I really like Phillip’s take on the song. And I agree that the guitar player is great! It always intrigues me how much a song can change depending on who is performing it — and how I can love the same song in so many different versions. I’m a huge fan of the original version too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mmcrell Mike McRell

    I think we are really making a ‘mountain’ out of a ‘mole hill’ on this one.  I am sure everyone is thankful for those who help them or back them up…being courteous and respectful doesn’t make someone ‘special’…it just means that they are courteous and respectful…that’s all…no more…no less.  And, I am pretty sure nobody is trying to bestow ‘saint hood’ on Phillip for being gracious….I am pretty sure they were just stating an observation.

  • jpfan2

    Very nice. Mumford & Sons are going to move 600K units this week. If P2 can even catch some of that momentum he can really do well. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I would agree with you except for this statement from the earlier poster:

    Unlike some Idols, he realizes that music is not only about the voice and that the contributions of the musicians are just as important.”

    Clearly, this was meant to single out P2 as much more “musical” than “some Idols” (plural), so I think that it is reasonable to ask who those Idols are who do not have this level of appreciation for the musicians who they play with. It appears that the criticism was directed at “some Idols” who do not play instruments, and I would like to know who these unappreciative Idols are.

  • girlygirltoo

    I’ve been to a lot of shows by ex-Idols. I’ve never once seen anyone fail to acknowledge their band members. In fact, they often introduce each individual band member to the crowd. In my opinion, it’s silly to suggest that Phillip is the only or the first person to ever do this when it is very very common practice — not only among Idols, but among artists in general.

  • elliegrll

    I think that the defense of Phillip was due to the inference that he relies too much on the band, and there’s some truth to that, but it’s part of who he is as a musician.  He wants to join a very long line of musicians who aren’t great singers, but who have found success based on the quality of their songs, including the musical arrangement.  

    I heard an acoustic cover of “Home” that just didn’t work, because the song’s success lies in both Phillip’s vocal interpretation as well as the instruments that are used, and the musical arrangement.  So, I don’t think that Phillip is the type of artist who would see it as an insult, if people say that he’s hiding behind the music, anymore than John Mayer or Bob Dylan would.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That may be part of it, but it’s more than that. I’d like the poster who made this statement to respond:

    “Unlike some Idols, he realizes that music is not only about the voice and that the contributions of the musicians are just as important.”

    Who are the “some Idols”?
     

  • irockhard

    Yes Daughtry’s bandmates did audition, first his bandmates from his pre-Idol band Absent Element auditioned but they didn’t make the cut. James’ original bassist and lead guitarist didn’t audition, neither did the new bassist but the remaining bandmates did.

  • Oksana4626

    P2 interpreted and sang “Crazy” exactly like I expected him to do…

  • mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    Let’s keep this post focused on Phillip Phillips and his version of Crazy? thank you.

  • IrisandLilies

    My comment about Phillip appreciating and recognizing the talents of his backing musicians relates to his actions throughout the Idol season, during the Idol tour, and at various radio station performances and special concerts.  For example, if you listened to Phillip’s iTunes recordings during the season and compared them to the original recordings, you would notice that many times Phillip’s recordings were longer in duration because of a guitar solo that was not part of the original recording.   Likewise, Phillip, more so than any of the other contestants during the AI season, interacted with the backing musicians during a performance so that they became an integral part of the performance.   At the finale he specifically thanked them for their work during the season.  Similarly, whenever Phillip has sung a song other than Home, Volcano and Somebody that I Used to Know on tour or at a radio station or concert, there has always been some kind of long instrumental solo during the performance.  A singer who didn’t respect and appreciate the talents of his fellow musicians would have just ended the song after singing each of the verses of the song. 

    Also, Phillip’s comment that he was distinguishable from other Idols on the basis of how he plays the guitar is not equivalent to stating that he is a great guitar player.  For example, I might distinguish my writing style from another’s by pointing out that my sentence structure is simpler and my vocabulary more basic.   By making that distinction, I am not automatically claiming to be the better writer.  I also have never heard Phillip claim that he is a great guitar player.  Rather, he has only expressed admiration for others who he believes to be gifted in that way, such as his brother-in-law, Ben. 

    By the by, I never stated that Erroll Cooney should be thrilled to be recognized by Phillip.  In any event, if I were a musician and loved to play music, I think I would prefer to play for a singer who allowed me to exercise my creativity and skills through solos rather than one who was famous but expected me just to stand in the background and play what was written on the sheet.   I haven’t watched any of Cooney’s performances with Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer or Christina Aguilera, but my guess is that at least as to Beyonce and Christina, Erroll was just part of the background.  Furthermore, based on their interactions during their performances together, Erroll and Phillip clearly respect and appreciate each other as musicians.     

    And since you asked for the names of the Idols who don’t appear to appreciate the skills and contributions of their bandmembers, Jessica and Joshua come immediately to mind. 

  • IrisandLilies

    I don’t know if it is Phillip’s decision to make.  However, Phillip has repeatedly stated that he wants to work with his brother-in-law.  Moreover, prior to Idol, Phillip performed a lot with his brother-in-law.  That’s why I stated that if Phillip is allowed to choose who will be part of his band, he would very likely choose his brother-in-law. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/mmcrell Mike McRell

    Very well said….for a very nondescript statement…it sure did get some people worked up…hopefully that is the end of that discussion. lol!

  • lovetheusa1776

    Enjoyed PP’s performance very much – he was my fav his season and was happy he won.  Interesting musician – some performances blah - others really terrific.  Looking forward to investigating his album – especially the comments afterwards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mmcrell Mike McRell

    I really enjoy the acoustic versions of ‘Home’ that I have heard, but I like the ‘full on’ version too, but I do agree that they sound very different…it is almost like they are two different songs & that may not appeal to everyone.

  • fuzzywuzzy

     ”for a very nondescript statement”

    Sorry, but the statement was not “nondescript” and the original poster has shown that it was specific by naming the Idols that she was referring to.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I haven’t watched any of Cooney’s performances with Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer or Christina Aguilera, but my guess is that at least as to Beyonce and Christina, Erroll was just part of the background.”

    I see. An assumption based on nothing. lol

    “And since you asked for the names of the Idols who don’t appear
    to appreciate the skills and contributions of their bandmembers, Jessica
    and Joshua come immediately to mind. ”

    What are basing this conclusion on? Another assumption?

  • cmom

    It is great to hear the different versions of “Crazy” – all good and all so different. I also have enjoyed Jason Castro’s version. My favorite is Archie’s version from a concert – really amazing from about 2:14 to the end. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZCpmvMHa_g 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    An amazing guitar solo by Errol Cooney introduced by Stevie Wonder at the O2 Arena, London, UK (from a DVD of a live performance recorded on September 30th and October 1st 2008).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL-KvRXiOyY&t=03m08s

  • tucker davis

    I appreciate that there are so many topics under this blog to read. I find that if I’m not a fan of a program/performer I tend not to even click on it…lots more to choose from…keeps me from being negative. Life’s just too short.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    YOU DID WELL HUBBY

  • rodolfochengcanepa

    Apparently some people will never give any credit to P2, if the performance is good, it´s because of the song, or the other players but never because of him.

    P2 always changed their covers, not only during Idol but also his gigs before Idol. It´s more than obvious that he shows the other musicians how it should sound and then let them free. Superstitions, lollipop, crazy, in the air tonight, thriller, etc. are not so different from his previous gigs before Idol, ergo, before errol cooney. Said that, Errol is an amazing guitar player, everybody knows that.

    About to recognize the musicians, only P2 did it during the tv show, but not the other contestants, whom i´m sure are greatful with them, but didn´t give the credit on tv; and about working with his brother in-law, u should see  the lastest photos in his twitter account, he is already recording with ben, and he also included a chello player (nice), later he will bring his friend who plays the sax.

  • iluvai

    I liked P2′s version. Very different from my favorite version, but awesome all the same.  P2 reminds me of Kris Allen, a pretty talented guy with an unassuming manner.  Both are great at what they do.  :)

  • roarpen

    The singing is kind of meh. Although I have not been one of those to think P2 is a hottie – he sure looked like one here. I still remember Stevie Nicks licking her chops scarily while she said Phillip was “very attractive.” What a cougar – I kind of felt like one watching this – lol.  

  • angiedb

    I love this. Love Phil. Love Errol. Love it!

  • Truthisagun

    Epically Horrendous. and this guy won idol SMH

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/57KPQ4K7HIGPGR7PDW333QMZJQ Steppen

    I am not a P2 fan, but I have to say, there is something very sexy about this man with his guitar. He is the ultimate WGWG.

  • getaway1

    The crowd certainly seem to be having a good time.  So, what better response than a cheering audience. And I doubt all of them follow the Idol the bubble.

  • springboard2

    I am not a fan, but I quite like his take on the song. And the guitar is great, which helps!

  • voicesinmyhead

    Typical bland Phillip interpretation of a song. Reminds me of Kris Allen. Yawn. 

  • Chrissie H

    “….. there is something very sexy about this man with his guitar.”
    ——————–
    Not to everybody. Count me out

  • girlygirltoo

    Phillip is too young for me to find sexy. It’s like with David Archuleta. Nice looking kid, with the emphasis on the word kid. :)

  • wkstrack

     P2 and David Archuleta are the same age too O_o lol

  • angiedb

    I really want Lee and Phil to do something together. I would love that!

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    Not a big fan of Phillip, but this was an interesting take on the song. Not bad overall.

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    Angiedb, that would be the ultimate pairing of musicians!