Lana Del Rey’s Dreary “Blue Velvet” Cover: Hear It In Full

Carl Williott | September 17, 2012 10:01 am

We already saw Lana Del Rey‘s H&M commercial featuring her cover of the ’50s classic “Blue Velvet,” but in the ad a little person unplugs the mic just as we were getting into it. Well now you can hear the whole song in all its melancholy glory over at Oh No They Didn’t!. We’re hoping the cover appears on Born To Die: Paradise Edition which should be out in November.

LDR is influenced by filmmaker David Lynch, and fixated on postwar Americana and surface beauty shrouding inner damage, so it was inevitable that she cover the song central to Lynch’s 1986 film Blue Velvet, which examined those same concepts. As with the film’s version, Lana’s take is beautifully languorous and dreary (though Lana’s version is replete with her go-to swell of strings and grainy programmed beats).

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