Royal Blood Cover The Police’s ‘Roxanne’


Whether you think Royal Blood are the “saviours of rock” or not, it is undeniable that they create a ferociously huge sound. Their enormous combination of furious bass,, and pummeled drums has been impressing crowds all over the place. So much so, that their self-titled debut album went straight to number 1 in the UK, and was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.

This makes their choice to record a cover of The Police’s classic ‘Roxanne’ for BBC’s Live Lounge quite an intriguing one. The Police are a much more abstract, nuanced, and intricate prospect. How would their approach work through Royal Blood’s thunder?

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Watch the Royal Blood version of ‘Roxanne’ above, and let us know what you think. Is it any good?

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  • Mon

    I love the original and was expecting this to be really bad. I’m nicely surprised I must say. I love the fact that instead of just doing a cover of the song, they created their own version, which I like quite a lot.

  • Siobhan Smith

    This song has got me into some drunken states over the years… Love this cover. Actually one of the best live lounges I’ve heard in a wee while. Intense, bluesy brilliance.

  • Jamie Coughlan

    I was not sure of this track at first. Kind of growing on me now. I’m not too enamoured with Royal Blood. They make a ferocious noise, but other than that. Meh.