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Postmodern Jukebox is a cover band with songs arranged by Scott Bradlee. A majority of their song covers are modern pop hits being arranged to sound like they were written in previous decades (1920’s jazz, swing, and old-fashioned R & B are featured often) The band has few permanent members, instead having a variety of different vocalists appear on each song (many recur). Some of the more regular vocalists include Robyn Adele Anderson, Cristina Gatti, Ariana Savalas (Telly's daughter) and a wide array of American Idol alumni such as Blake Lewis, Haley Reinhart, and Joey Cook.

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Postmodern Jukebox provides examples of:

  • And Now For Something Completely Different: While Postmodern Jukebox usually sticks to jazz, Motown, doo-wop, and soul, there are a lot of one-off covers where they decide to do something completely out of left field. "Get Lucky" had an Irish tenor, "Talk Dirty" was done in an authentic Jewish Klezmer style complete with an accordion, and "Wake Me Up" was translated into Spanish and featured a mariachi band.
  • Ascended Fan: Von Smith did a cover of Postmodern Jukebox's version of “Thrift Shop”, and during her season of American Idol, Joey Cook had a breakthrough performance with her cover of PMJ's version of "Fancy". Both were eventually invited to do several covers with them.
    • Invoked when the group released an album of their karaoke tracks and asked fans to upload their versions of the group's songs, with the intent of choosing a winner to record with the group.
  • The Big Guy: Puddles Pity Party stands an impressive 6'8".
  • Blind Shoulder Toss: Joey Cook casually throws her ukulele out of the shot in "Hey There, Delilah." Not literally over the shoulder, because ... well, there's a backup band there, but with the required lack of concern and attention nonetheless.
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  • Bowdlerize: This is done to a majority of the songs they cover that contain profanity (fortunately it's usually done in a way that works with the song's meter and it's not too distracting) - when they don't pick the clean version right away, such as Cee-Lo's "Forget You". However, sexually suggestive references usually remain in the songs. Robyn Adele Anderson averts this in her solo covers, with "Clint Eastwood" retaining the Precision F-Strike.
  • The Cameo: "Pinky and the Brain Theme" features the original voice actors for Pinky and the Brain, Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche working as bartenders in "human outfits".
  • Christmas Songs: They have a few under their belts. Notably "Last Christmas" by Wham in the style of the Andrews Sisters.
  • The Cover Changes the Gender: Zig-Zagged. Some covers ("Jealous," "Take Me to Church") do swap the gender, but others ("Poison," "Timber", "Welcome To The Black Parade") don't.
    • Their cover of "Don't You Worry Child" zigzags this in the song itself, even! The pronouns for the narrator's love interest are swapped to make it from a woman, about a man. However, the line "I was the king, I had a gold throne" is left intact.
  • Dieselpunk: Filtering modern hits through the styles of the diesel era.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: A frequent Character Tic of female singers is to appear shoeless. Notably, Joey Cook is shoeless in every video she's done.
  • Doo Wop: They frequently make covers in this style, such as their videos of "Timber," "Steal My Girl" and "Rude."
  • Everything Is an Instrument: Thnks to Sarah Reich, tap dancing is frequently used as percussion.
  • Funny Background Event: Along with the band members frequently holding their laughter in most videos (especially if the Tambourine Guy is involved), "Love Yourself" even points one in its video description ("Yeah, 2:15 happened").
    • Their cover of "What is Love" features a new tambourine guy (actually WWE wrestler Austin Creed), who steals a trombone from the band.
  • Glamorous Wartime Singer: Occasionally invoked in some of their videos.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: Their vocalists are always dressed up according to the time period the song is styled after. Sometimes it borders on Costume Porn.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Gratuitous Spanish is used in the band's Latin style cover of “Summer” by Calvin Harris and their Mariachi cover of Avicii's "Wake Me Up." Gratuitous French shows up in the "Sweater Weather" cover.
  • Harsh Vocals: Casey Abrams is capable of some Louis Armstrong-style gravel when he cuts loose.
  • In the Style of...: Along with genres, at times the covers draw from specific artists - "Teenage Dirtbag" sung by Janis Joplin, "Don't Stop Me Now" by Tina Turner, "Oops I Did It Again" done by Marilyn Monroe, "Bad Blood" by Ella Fitzgerald, "Umbrella" a la Singin' in the Rain, and others.
  • Keet: Tim Kubart, aka Tambourine Guy (following his scene-stealing appearance in "Roar", he's credited as that) who never keeps still and causes a lot of Corpsing within the band.
  • Large Ham: Casey Abrams can play smooth and quiet - note his opening to "All About the Bass" - but has a lot more fun just letting himself go as he builds up to a big, gravelly climax. Examples include "Stacy's Mom," "Africa" and "Umbrella."
  • Let's Duet: "Style" and "Mad World."
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Shows up sometimes when the band peps up a sad song while leaving the lyrics intact. Most egregious in "My Heart Will Go On."
  • Motor Mouth: When the group covers songs with rap verses, the rap is usually sung in this manner.
  • The Oner: The music video for their of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" is shot in one take.
  • Retraux: Natch.
    • Sometimes taken a step further than just rearranging the music in period styles. Occasionally, references to years get changed in the lyrics - "Beauty and a Beat," for instance uses 'We're gonna party like it's 1942' rather than the original's 'Like it's 3012 tonight,' and "Fancy" makes a similar substitution.
    • Their "Heart of Glass" version even warranted a Deliberately Monochrome video reminiscent of Film Noir.
  • Revolving Door Band: Enforced. The band is a musical revue as much as a group, so the exact arrangement of vocalists who sing with them is constantly changing.
  • Sad Clown: Puddles Pity Party.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: The male members of the band tend to sport suits/tuxedos/other fancy wear.
  • The Flapper: Many of their female vocalists have dressed like this when the group does covers in the style of '20s Jazz.
    • Example: Ashley Stroud singing "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea.
  • The Vamp: Ariana Savalas plays this in most of the videos featuring her. Also something of a Ms. Fanservice.
  • Visual Pun: Two different versions of "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor both feature upright bass solos. All about that bass indeed!
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: 2 Chain's rap in "Talk Dirty" is translated into Yiddish.
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