Watch Harry Styles and His Band’s Incredible Cover of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’ on ‘Howard Stern’

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Harry Styles is enjoying a creative burst, spreading his wings after his years as a core member of the English pop group One Direction. Styles’ 2019 album Fine Line was well received, bursting with a maturity and depth that some probably were surprised to hear from “that guy from the boy band.”

Last week, Styles went on SiriusXM for an inteview with Howard Stern — and he and his band decided to bust out a cover of the Peter Gabriel classic “Sledgehammer,” as well.

The result was a captivating performance from start to finish, with Styles and his backing musicians putting everything they have into the rendition:

Pretty great, right? After the clip showed up, Peter Gabriel himself gave Styles’ cover his official social media seal of approval, so now you KNOW it was great:

Styles also performed “Adore You,” a hit single from the Fine Line album, on Stern:

Here’s Styles’ full chat with Stern:

As for Fine Line, it is the second full-length album from Harry Styles, and finds the singer showing some real versatility. Styles also admitted to using psychedelic drugs as part of his songwriting process, which probably played a role in the album’s adventurousness and the depth of sounds on display. An excerpt from Rolling Stone’s feature about the record:

Psychedelics have started to play a key role in his creative process. “We’d do mushrooms, lie down on the grass, and listen to Paul McCartney’s Ram in the sunshine,” he says. “We’d just turn the speakers into the yard.” The chocolate edibles were kept in the studio fridge, right next to the blender. “You’d hear the blender going, and think, ‘So we’re all having frozen margaritas at 10 a.m. this morning.’” He points to a corner: “This is where I was standing when we were doing mushrooms and I bit off the tip of my tongue. So I was trying to sing with all this blood gushing out of my mouth. So many fond memories, this place.”

Stream the record below, via Spotify:

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