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Postmodern Jukebox Takes On Bruno Mars' 'That's What I Like,' But Adds A Rat Pack-Style Twist

"It inevitably came out sounding like the soundtrack to a Cadillac rolling down the Vegas strip."

Bruno Mars is known for his powerful voice, smooth moves, and ability to produce funky songs that you can listen to over and over again without getting sick of them. Take "That's What I Like" for instance, which was a chart-topper for weeks

Just as the song was starting to fade from our memories, Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ), Scott Bradlee's musical collective known for covering beloved hits with a vintage twist, took it on. If you liked the way PMJ gave Mars' other hit song "Grenade" a 1960s spin, you're going to love their rendition of "That's What I Like." 

This time around, PMJ wanted the song to be fit for the Rat Pack, so they got LaVance Colley to completely nail lead vocals. To add even more flair to the cover, they also had Lee Howard show off his impressive footwork. Howard is a world-famous dancer who's appeared on So You Think You Can Dance, and opened for Snoop Dogg and Aloe Blacc. In the music video for PMJ's cover, he tap danced as Colley beautifully sang Mars' lyrics. 

"I actually requested a tap dancer because I wanted to do something different," Colley wrote on Instagram. "They had never had a black male tap dancer and black male singer do a video ever so this is a first."

We think their Rat Pack-inspired performance of the song gives it a fresh, new feel that makes us love the song all over again. For those uninitiated, the Rat Pack is a term that became popular in the 1960s and was used to refer to a group of entertainers centered on the Las Vegas casino scene. It included celebrated artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Sammy Davis Jr.

"A half-century after its heyday, the Rat Pack remains the epitome of living large. So when PMJ trained its retro eye on Bruno Mars' paean to the good life, it inevitably came out sounding like the soundtrack to a Cadillac rolling down the Vegas strip, with Frank, Sammy and Dean on the marquee," a staff writer wrote on PMJ's blog. "Scott Bradlee pulls off a musical heist worthy of Ocean's 11 with only a band of 8, fronted by the gospel-rooted soul of LaVance Colley, whose voice has backed everyone from Beyoncé to Pharrell to Diana – and it's only a matter of time before he earns his own single-name status." 

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