As the nation begins to curate their votes for Triple J’s Hottest 100 edition of ‘Like a Version’, it’s been uncovered that some of the earliest recordings of the beloved platform slap the hardest.

A weekly segment conceived way back in 2004 before iPhones were even invented, the platform has helped launch local Aussie acts onto the international stage and also prove that globally recognised artists are capable of butchering absolute classics when they come down under.

The series has blossomed over recent years after Triple J producers decided they’d stop cramping artists up the back corner of the breakfast studio and instead give performers access to a proper recording space capable of housing a full band, some surprise featured guests and as many weird and exotic instruments as possible.

After spending the past week revisiting some epic covers that Triple J uploaded to YouTube from a Nokia E71 sometime in the late 2000’s, The Advocate hit the streets of Betoota to find out what local punters were voting for in the countdown, even if they gave up listening to Triple J years ago.

“Yeah I liked it more when they made them cram into the Matt and Alex studio,” said West Betoota Hogs Breath Cafe owner Bryson Ebony (38).

“When Chet Faker did ‘(Lover) You Don’t Treat Me No Good’, that cover still gets a run on my road trip playlists!”

Despite bookies naming DMA’s cover of ‘Believe’ and Denzel Curry’s hot crack at ‘Bulls on Parade’ as countdown topping favourites, it’s alleged some ageing music lovers across Betoota will still be voting for earlier editions of ‘Like A Version’.

“Mate I’m voting for CHVRCHES when they did ‘Do I Wanna Know?’, yeah the video looks like something from an end of year school recital but yeah nah, it’s awesome,” said local bike shop repairman Lewis McGirdy (36).

“Stuff that Wiggles doing Tame Impala crap, I listen to enough of those skivvies everyday when I’m taking care of my three-year-old!”


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