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The Ooks of Hazard cover MGMT's “Kids” using seven ukuleles, an accordion and a cajon. The instruments give the dance song a sort of mournful, contemplative air.

(Thanks to reader BM for the link. And the rest of you should follow his lead: I always need more lunch break material.)

By Ezra Klein  |  April 28, 2010; 12:26 PM ET
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here's some lunch break material:

Posted by: rjewett | April 28, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I always thought that the original was a bit mournful already. The fact that this was juxtaposed with the upbeat nature MGMT's sound was what I liked about it. Its an interesting combo.

That being said, its a great sign of decent song-writing when it lends itself well to numerous interpretations (eg. Cowboy Junkies vs. Velvet Underground versions of Sweet Jane). It highlights the song underneath, not merely the performance.

Posted by: nylund | April 28, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Ooks of Hazard is a great name. I'm gonna jump the river on the way home to celebrate.

Posted by: MosBen | April 28, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

It's a solid cover, perhaps bested only by Dr. Fox's Old Timey String Band's version of the same song. You can stream it on their MySpace page:

Posted by: J_Byron | April 28, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

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