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You've Never Heard Madonna's 'Material Girl' Quite Like This Before

"Material Girl" got a 1920s makeover.

It was about time Postmodern Jukebox covered a Madonna hit. The musical collective created by Scott Bradlee is known for covering songs we all know and love, such as "My Heart Will Go On," "I Will Survive," and "Say My Name," and giving them their own vintage twists. 

In their most recent video, Postmodern Jukebox took on "Material Girl" and transformed it into a 1920s hot jazz hit. This time around, Swedish jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist Gunhild Carling took on lead vocals. Carling made her PMJ debut when she stunned us all by playing the trumpet, trombone, bagpipes, and the recorder all while rickrolling us in a single performance. Her latest performance definitely doesn't disappoint either. 

"Gunhild's impressive trombone chops may have already been known to those that have seen her in "Never Gonna Give You Up," but the fact that she also tap dances in between solos makes this performance particularly impressive," Bradlee wrote in a blog post. "I arranged this cover — by that way, who knew that "Material Girl" adapts to 1920s hot jazz so easily?? — as a high energy, uptempo showcase for her, and she met the challenge head on. Once the cameras were rolling, she recorded three perfect takes of the song and then went to sleep in the corner of the set — can't blame her for that!" 

Watch, listen, and love the video below:

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