Nirvana's Krist Novoselic Covers Lorde's 'Royals' on Accordion

He follows in the footsteps of Bruce Springsteen, who also recently played his own version of the hit.

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Founding member of Nirvana Krist Novoselic has covered Lorde's hit "Royals" on the accordion, NME reports.

Click below to watch the instrumental performance of the song, which took place during a show at Takoma Park in Maryland on March 9, via Consequence of Sound. The gig took place as part of the Fair Vote campaign.

Speaking in 2012 to Fuse, Novoselic said he was "obsessed" with playing the accordion. He commented: "I'm obsessed with the accordion. You know how some people have dark obsessions, that are embarrassing or self-destructive? My obsession is accordion playing. I have to play every day and I play it for hours. I play polkas and I play Beatles songs and Rolling Stones songs and Nirvana songs."

Bruce Springsteen also recently covered "Royals" and Lorde has said that the version he played during a recent concert in New Zealand "made her teary." The Boss performed the song at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on March 1, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and harmonica.

Speaking to, Lorde praised Springsteen and discussed her reaction to watching the cover version online, "My Twitter went mental. Everyone in New Zealand was like 'You can't believe what just happened!' It was so exciting. It was the highest honor. He's such an incredible songwriter. I got a little teary. It was very cool.

"It's crazy when someone like that is covering your song," she added. "Those words were nothing before I put them into my laptop and started messing around with them in the studio. It's crazy to me they could come out of someone's mouth who is that respected."

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    Sorta ironic how Lorde doesn't like this so being overplayed similar to Nirvana and Teen spirit
    ...or any band that has had one massive hit song while also having a bunch of other great work..
    enough with this song already.
    You should learn to accept other people's opinions on music. I hate this song probably just as much as you do, but complaining about it doesn't help anyone.
    It also doesn't hurt anybody. You seem to be the one with the problem accepting other people's opinions on music. If you don't like the song you should be able to post it. I'm tired of all this fake nice guy stuff on this site.
    I don't hate it, but it's turning into my opinion of Sweet Child or Stairway to Heaven. Great song, just... enough, goddamnit.
    Deal with it? It's a good song, so obviously people will talk about it.
    Its not really that good though.. It doesn't go anywhere
    I wonder if Novoselic will toss the accordion up in the air as he exits the stage, only to have it land on his head as he forgets the toss right after executing it.....
    Lorde is no different than anything else in pop. She is just riding the new emerging mainstream, the hipsters, so she plays the anti-mainstream card. People who don't want their music on the radio and on MTV and all over the web don't sign label deals, don't shoot high quality videos and don't go for the popstar thing. If she just said "Yeah, I wanna be famous, my music is a tad better than the other pop acts, worship me bitches." I'd have much more respect for her.
    Downvote me all you want for saying this, but if that's really her "gimmick", I think she would try a lot harder.
    actually I feel like (at least) her song Royals had a very indie sound to it. in my mind she's not like any other artist in the pop world nowadays.
    Except she was signed on about three to four years before actually releasing anything. I'm not going to worship her as the savior of pop or anything, but it's at least a slightly different take. Hell, half the songs on Pure Heroine are about not being familiar with the whole "fame" thing.
    I agree, but of course she's not the savior of pop. She's just different, just like Lady Gaga used to be different in appearances. It wouldn't surprise me if a lot of future pop songs will adopt Lorde's style.
    This whole argument about her being anti-mainstream is moot when her reason for not wanting it played is she didn't want it to be so over-played that it hurt her popularity. From what I've read it is nothing about trying to have any kind of street cred with the hipsters or anything.
    Apparently he did a guest Bass spot on the new Modest Mouse album. Can't wait to hear that shit
    I'd like to see Krist in a new band. He's not the most technical player but I do like his bass playing.
    inb4 she either doesn't know who Krist is or totally flubs his name like Travolta with "Adele Dazeem" or UG with "John Homme"
    The word 'cover' seems to be thrown around way too much, in my opinion. Every time somebody plays a song that isn't their's, it's a "cover". I know that may be technically a cover, but still...
    The word comment is thrown around way too much, in my opinion. everytime somebody gives a remark, observation or critsism, it's a "comment". I know that may be technically a comment, but still...
    Up Next: Lou Reed and Metallica cover Royals... oh wait. Lou Reed is dead.. IAMTHETABLE! I wish every famous artist would cover royals, so it would ruin Lorde and the song. Maybe Bono and Ringo will cover it together. Bonoringo plays "royals" because they are true artists.
    I like it. Any true musician plays what they want when they want.