Lewis Capaldi covers The Chemical Brothers and Noel Gallagher's 'Setting Sun' for YouTube series 'Birthday Song'
Lewis Capaldi decided to make his own version of the song because 'Setting Sun' was the UK No. 1 hit on October 7, 1996 — the day he was born
The British artists Lewis Capaldi became a household name last year thanks to his debut album 'Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent', which was certified gold in the UK within a week of its release.
That album owed its meteoric rise to three Top 10 hits, including Capaldi's first No. 1 hit — the immensely popular 'Someone You Loved'. The track was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2020 Grammys and also won at the 2020 Brit Awards in the same category. On March 24, the charismatic singer-songwriter paid a tribute to a No. 1 song from the 1990s, 'Setting Sun', when he released a YouTube Originals documentary titled 'Birthday Song'.
In the course of the nearly 23-minute YouTube Originals clip, the 'Someone You Loved' singer explained that he wanted to pay a tribute to the song that was the UK No. 1 hit on the day he was born.
After some googling we found that the song turned out to be 'Setting Sun' by Noel Gallagher and The Chemical Brothers. It was the reigning chart-topper on the day that Lewis Capaldi entered the world on October 7, 1996. Considering the '90s hit song held a special place in his heart, the 23-year-old singer decided to document the process of creating his own version of 'Setting Sun', saying that it was "a tribute to my birthday, and a tribute to the man I love".
The video also gives us a brief rundown of the Scottish singer's personal deep-dive into history, as he shows us what went into making his unique cover of 'Setting Sun'. The song was released by The Chemical Brothers on their second studio album 'Dig Your Own Hole'.
The official description for the 'Birthday Song' video reads: "It's his birthday song, the song he was always meant to sing. Lewis Capaldi transforms this 90's hit into a vision that is all his own, fashioned for the modern era as he shares his process as an artist and composer. Throughout this journey, Lewis' family, closest friends, and loved ones detail this life from his first birthday to his most recent successes. Get to know the real Lewis, learn where he came from and where he’s going – and watch as he makes his birthday song into something that is uniquely Lewis Capaldi."
The actual cover is unveiled at the end of the video, around the 20-minute mark. So you can skip straight to that if you like. Capaldi even cheekily points out near the end of the video, "The only person who won't like it is Noel Gallagher." Make sure you catch the hilarious blooper reel as well.