It turns out, however, that “Shake It Off” lends itself incredibly well to a Ramones-esque punk makeover. Thanks to Charli XCX — who owned the summer on Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy” and with her own “Boom Clap” — we now have such a thing.
Charli performed the cover during her appearance on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, and it is a thrilling treat:
Please note: Either because of trademark law — or as a cheeky poke at Swift cracking down on the unauthorized used of her lyrics — Charli does not sing the “this sick beat” lyric. Long live Charli XCX, and long live punk.