Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets his grunge on: Watch his live cover of 'Lithium' here

At this point, “Joseph Gordon-Levitt” is basically synonymous with “sexy version of an unsexy dude”—he’s given us sexy brainiac, sexy heartbroken dumped guy, sexy cancer patient, and even sexy awkward preteen alien (OK, I apologize for that last one).

On Tuesday night at Seattle’s Neptune Theater, Gordon-Levitt proved he can just as convincingly pull off “sexy unwashed grunge god,” too.

Gordon-Levitt showed off his formidable musical talents with a live cover of Nirvana’s “Lithium”—a crowd favorite, of course, in late frontman Kurt Cobain’s home state—at a concert promoting his collaborative production company, hitRECord.

“Now and then it’s nice to just do something that’s not for the record, that’s just for tonight,” the actor said, just before unleashing his rendition. “I just wanna play this song, in this town.”

Watch Gordon-Levitt’s impressively true-to-form cover of “Lithium” below:

What do you think, Music Mix crew? On a scale of bizarre to brilliant, where does Gordon-Levitt’s live cover rank among the canon of celebrity cover performances?

And how do his cover performance chops measure up to those of his (500) Days of Summer costar Zooey Deschanel’s?


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  • hesher

    why the f is EW not plugging his new movie with nat portman? grunge sucks METAL UP YOUR BUTTS!!!

    • harry

      grunge is metals softer baby

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    • harry

      well, thats what they say any way.

    • Jeremy DC

      I’ll take Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins over any metal, any day. I also want to add that I hate the term grunge. It’s just good rock music that came out at a certain time.

      • hesher

        AiC is basically alt metal. soundgarden too. METALLLLLLLLL

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  • hazel

    OMG, this guy continues to impress me! He is SO talented!

  • Ace

    Yowza. *fans self* That was hot.

  • Andy

    I love JGL. I’m pretty sure this clip just made him my favorite person ever. “If there were drugs in that drink they’d better be good drugs.”

  • Anthony

    On a scale of 1 to 10, i would give it a 6. The performance was ok. Im a fan of JGL, even saw Hesher in the theatres, but this to me was bordering on a lil’ douchey.

  • JayBird

    I was at this show! Definitely an amazing night. I’ve been a fan of JGL since his “3rd Rock From The Sun” days so to watch him perform in person was so incredible!

  • Amanda

    It just amazes me how talented Joe is!!!!!! I’ve been a fan of his since I was 12 and “3rd Rock” started and to see how his carrer has gone and the great roles and films he’s done!!! Then finding out he can sing and play guitar!!! I hope one day he actually makes an album.

  • Kayl

    i love him

  • Jane D’oh

    JGL is my favourite. To me, he’s sexy anytime.

  • Joe T.

    He is so damn sexy. Great job, JGL.

  • jennrae

    I was prepared to like it, but if he weren’t an actor, people would tell the truth that his voice is pretty weak. Besides that, his voice is lacking the…gravitas of KC, and JGL can’t avoid comparisons, even though he doesn’t. Compare, that is.

  • Andy

    As Randy Jackson would say, “That was a little pitchy, dawg.” But seriously, I’m actually quite impressed, had no idea he had musical chops.

    • great job quoting randy jackson

      really capturing the spirit of nirvana there, chief

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