The appeal of a piece of music can be measured by how well it can be covered. If you can change not just the musicians, but the instruments, and still come out with something solid, then it's a winner. Take “The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)” as an example. Ever since its first appearance in the Star Wars series, this John Williams piece has embedded itself in pop culture across the globe. It's been performed by artists of nearly every genre. Even No Doubt has done a rendition of it. With Star Wars: In Concert coming to LA Live's Nokia Theatre later this week, we decided to take a look at some of the more interesting versions available online. (Sadly, I couldn't find a clip of my favorite version, performed by '90s underground metal band Noothgrush and released alongside a song called “Alderaan.”)
“The Imperial March” Ukulele Style
By Anna UK
By All Your Bass
All Your Bass is part of a Finland's Polytech Choir. This recording is taken from a 2005 singing competition. They also performed a Super Mario Bros. medley at the event.
Creators of the Singing Tesla Coil, ArcAttack interprets “The Imperial March” with synthy sounds, “robotic drums” and epic flashes of light.
Video Game Vader
By 8-Bit Brothers
For anyone who ever thought that the music from Super Mario Bros. reminded you of “The Imperial March,” check out this rendition from 8-Bit Brothers. If that weren't enough video game madness for you, YouTube user RehdBlob recreated the theme on Mario Paint Composer 2.0.
By DJ Z-Trip and DJ P “13”
Back in 2001, DJ Z-Trip and DJ P released Uneasy Listening, Vol. 1, a landmark album in turntable prowess that is frequently seen as the beginning of the mash-up phenomenon of this decade. Track “13” cuts back and forth between different pieces of Star Wars music, with a heavy emphasis on “The Imperial March.”