Sebastian’s Glee Verison of “Glad You Came” – What Did Original Artists The Wanted Think?
We know not everyone loves getting the Glee treatment when it comes to one of their hit songs appearing in an episode – ahem – but for many, the invite presents an opportunity to get a whole new level of exposure. And for Brit band The Wanted, that opp has been a big one…
Featured in the winter finale of Glee as part of the Warblers’ Regionals performance, the band’s song “Glad You Came,” was an emotional tribute to the person at the center of the episode’s drama, Dave Karofsky (Max Adler). And it resonated with viewers – to the tune of an additional 188,000 downloads throughout the week, landing the track at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 (from #23).That has made the band the highest charting UK boyband ever in America!
(The Glee cover also entered the charts, at #90.)
The band talked to MTV pre-chart toppin’ figures about getting the track in the episode, and described their excitement in hearing the news. “[Our manager] Scooter [Braun] rang us up and he was like, ‘So your song’s going to be covered by Glee,’ and if you could have measured the level of noise in the card at that very time, some might call it deafening, we were screaming so loud,” the band’s Tom Parker told them.
And what did they think of the actual performance? Let’s just say it may have sparked a wee bit of jealousy… of the hip-shakin’ variety.
“I thought it was absolutely great, and it was the first time I had seen a dance routine put to the song,” Parker told MTV, laughing. “So it was really strange actually, ‘cause obviously we don’t dance. I rang up the boys, like, ‘Boys, maybe we should start dancing because actually it looks really good.’”