12-year-old Lorde’s cover of Kings of Leon is better than the original

Lorde’s musical past has already been partially excavated: You can hear recordings of her Fugazi-influenced high school band And They Were Masked on Bandcamp. But what was 12-year-old Lorde up to?

A 2009 recording of Lordethen known as Ella Yelich O’Connorcovering Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” on Radio New Zealand has started circulating again. It’s a pretty striking cover, and a reminder that Lorde’s version is much more tolerable than Kings of Leon’s.

She also covers Pixie Lott’s “Mama Do,” which you can find here.

Oh yeah, at 12, Lorde was also covering Rainbow’s “Man on the Silver Mountain” for her school’s battle of the bands and channeling Ronnie James Dio. No big deal.

H/T Time | Photo via Liliane Callegari/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.