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Take Cover: Fun.’s ‘Some Nights’

Nate Ruess and Andrew Dost join Rolling Stone’s Jenny Eliscu to grade the YouTube stars covering their band’s hit song

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Nate Ruess of Fun performs on stage on Day 1 of Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park on October 4th, 2013 in Austin, Texas.

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Jackson Jills

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Though the Tufts University-based a cappella group Jackson Jills has existed since 1963 and sings frequently at charity events, they still haven't mastered how to adapt their performances for YouTube. "When I saw this, I thought, 'Well thank god for Glee,'" says Ruess. "It's really given drama kids an outlet to sing with each other. In this case, though it seems like maybe the most forceful one of the group liked the song and made all the others sing it. If I was their coach, I'd tell some of the people who were taking solos to show more passion. But who knows, maybe there's a star scattered somewhere among all those black dresses." Dost, however, is a Jackson Jills fan: "They seem to be having a great time. I have a great time when we play this song and I can feel that same spirit here. My only complaint is that sometimes it sounds like a lot of racket. I want to hear a studio version!"

Performance: C+

Presentation: D

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