You can call her Queen Bee, sure. But you can also call 16-year-old “Royals” hitmaker Lorde a fan of the Replacements. Back in June, real-life New Zealander Ella Yelich-O'Connor – who’s currently dominating Billboard’s charts with her baller-shunning single – covered “Swingin’ Party,” the classic Replacements track. Lorde gives the cryptically funny “Tim”-era cut a soulful and sparse treatment, ruddered by a steady beat and washed over with chilly organ notes. Lorde was -11 when the song was released. Here's the cover (head to the comment section for a raging debate on whether she's ripping off Lana Del Rey):
Describing Lorde’s just-dropped debut as a post-Internet album, Pitchfork’s favorable review of “Pure Heroine” addresses the uniquely generational nature of the young singer’s cover choices: “In her live show Lorde has been covering both Kanye West and the Replacements, and her music is being marketed to a generation of people who in no way find that weird.” It's also a generation of knee-jerk thinkpieces, hence the recent racism charges directed at Yelich-O'Connor. So yeah, it’s a millennial party - bring your own lampshade.