Leeni Covers Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” with Real Video Games
The Valentines day arrival of Prom Queen Leeni’s “Game Boy Cover” of Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” is about the only positive homage to Del Rey is likely to see any time soon the way things have been going for her on national TV. It was only a matter of time before a chip tune version arrived, yet even while crooning over a Rad Racer/Zelda theme backing in place of strings, Leeni’s still emanating her own take on an elegant “gangster Nancy Sinatra” and faithfully approaching the complex vocal melody with aplomb and probably more cold consistency than Del Rey herself.
The accompanying video is it’s own magnificent cultural artifact, pieced together with it’s own found vintage video game footage just like the technicolor inspiration allegedly was, its 16-bit color scenes of old cartoon star ships and endless horizons are just as mesmerizing and evocative of decades past. The dance interlude with a nod toward more modern video game culture is where Leeni really wears her nerd-dom on her sleeve and jolts the song out of its precise stature for a moment.
Love Lana Del Rey or hate her, this is a damn good song, and one that’s likely to be repackaged for the meme machine to gobble up whole again and again. With this video, Leeni’s just rendered all of those efforts moot.