Throwback: The Correspondents – I Wanna Be Like You

I was brought to ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ by a chance encounter with The Correspondents back in 2011 at Bestival. It is a brilliant cover of Jungle Book’s most famous song.

After wandering around aimlessly we came across a packed tent which was going off… at 1pm. Despite the early stage time the tent was packed and the lead singer was prancing around the stage in black disco pants-cum-dungarees and a monochrome ruff. He looked like an amicable character from the Clockwork Orange and the crowd absolutely loved him. He was bouncing off their energy and feeding it back, keeping the crowd buzzing with retro tunes.

Then ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ came on, changing the vibe from a retro rave to an all singing, all dancing party. It enhances the feel-good tone of the original and makes it a classy accapella jam. One of the best bands I’ve ever seen live. If you ever get the chance to see them, take it.

Released: 2009

– Kim Kahan

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