August 08, 2006

Cover me!

Cover versions are fun little things, because they allow songs to be reinterpretted in different ways and allow the listener to get into the music more. Sometimes they can be bad, particularly when it's one of your favourite songs that has been murdered by a pop princess wanting to reach out to a larger audience who don't want to listen, but occasionally you can find some real gems. Here are a couple that I've found over the past few days, for your enjoyment:

Sonata Arctica – The Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler) MP3 Expired
Four Tet – Iron Man (Black Sabbath) MP3 Expired
Beck – Hot In Here (Nelly) MP3 Expired
Beck – Diamond Dogs (David Bowie) MP3 Expired
Ben Gibbard – Thriller (Michael Jackson) MP3 Expired
Xiu Xiu – Fast Car (Tracy Chapman) MP3 Expired
Eels – I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Prince) MP3 Expired
Sophie Koh – Creep (Radiohead) MP3 Expired
Tim Young – The Start of Something (Voxtrot) MP3 Expired

Also, Voxtrot are playing some UK dates in August. Someone buy me tickets, yay!


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  1. Chris May

    How could you do an entry about covers and not include Nina Gordon singing Straight outa Compton ?

    08 Aug 2006, 13:49

  2. Mathew Mannion

    Tis good, am impressed :)

    08 Aug 2006, 13:52

  3. Nick Howes

    The ever–comedic rendition of Independant Woman, sung by Elbow and popularised in kitten form

    08 Aug 2006, 13:57

  4. Coverville is the place to go…

    How could you do an entry about covers and not include Nina Gordon singing Straight outa Compton ?

    Listen to Nina and a rendition of Dr Dre's Bitches ain't shit by Ben Folds 5 in this episode

    08 Aug 2006, 14:11

  5. Ben Folds version of Get Your Hands Off My Woman is particularly interesting…

    08 Aug 2006, 14:53

  6. I personally like cover songs when they're unexpected – either in the artist covering the track or in the interpretation. Such as: –

    Johnny Cash – Hurt (Nine Inch Nails)
    Nick Cave – Disco 2000 (Pulp)
    Tori Amos – Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
    Frente – Bizarre Love Triangle (New Order)
    Nouvelle Vague – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division) – I think Squarepusher did a version of this too (!!)

    As well as the aforementioned Nina does NWA.

    08 Aug 2006, 16:25

  7. me

    Compulsory mention of Hallelujah.

    08 Aug 2006, 19:56

  8. I don't really rate the Xui Xui version at all. It's listenable, maybe.

    09 Aug 2006, 00:52

  9. Eve's Plum's cover of I Will Survive. Sadly unable to find a clip for you.

    09 Aug 2006, 11:11

  10. I've got an awesome version of Will Young singing the Pussycat Dolls 'Don't Cha', slow and jazzy. Its great!

    09 Aug 2006, 12:21

  11. Moz

    Nouvelle Vague did indeed do a cover of Love Will Tear Us Apart– their albums are full of covers, they did a good version of Too Drunk To Fuck by The Dead Kennedys.

    I agree covers are best when they change the original somewhat– doing a straight cover is boring. An album came out pretty recently of covers of Radiohead songs, and it's great. Sia does a brilliant, haunting version of Paranoid Android.

    Sometimes people think songs that are covers are actually originals, so here's a little quiz: who originally wrote the songs these bands or artists covered?

    1) The Clash– I Fought The Law (this kinda has two answers, either one will do).
    2) Norah Jones– Cold, Cold Heart
    3) Jimi Hendrix– All Along The Watchtower
    4) Muse– Feelin' Good
    5) Nirvana– Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

    And no cheating– like they say at school, if you cheat, you only cheat yourself!

    Another random musical fact– House Of The Rising Sun is not by The Animals, but in fact an American folk tune, that has been covered by many artists and bands, including Leadbelly, Woodie Guthrie and The Be Good Tanyas. I need to get out more…

    09 Aug 2006, 20:29

  12. 1 – Should know this but don't.
    2 – Don't care.
    3 – Bob Dylan.
    4 – Nina Simone.
    5 – Leadbelly (I think).

    Muse also do an ace version of 'House Of The Rising Sun', the Jimmy Eat World version of 'Firestarter' is amazing, I get mocked but I like the Tatu version of 'How Soon Is Now', and I do a fantastic version of 'Paranoid Android' using a kazoo, my mobile and a street map of Brussels.

    09 Aug 2006, 21:29

  13. 1 – Should know this but don't.
    2 – Don't care.
    3 – Bob Dylan.
    4 – Nina Simone.
    5 – Leadbelly (I think).

    Muse also do an ace version of 'House Of The Rising Sun', the Jimmy Eat World version of 'Firestarter' is amazing, I get mocked but I like the Tatu version of 'How Soon Is Now', and I do a fantastic version of 'Paranoid Android' using a kazoo, my mobile and a street map of Brussels.

    09 Aug 2006, 21:29

  14. Moz

    Correct Holly! Now for the other two…

    09 Aug 2006, 23:26

  15. Well, 'I Fought The Law' is either Buddy Holly (and the Crickets), or the Kingsmen Trio.

    Talking of covers, though, I think The Dead Kennedys 'I Fought the Law (And I Won)' deserves a mention. Despite changing the lyrics, I'm sure it counts as a cover…

    As for Norah, that was…yeah. I don't care enough to look it up either…

    10 Aug 2006, 09:10

  16. Moz

    I Fought The Law was originally recorded by Sonny Curtis of The Crickets, and was covered by the Bobby Fuller Four, whose version The Clash heard, and decided to cover. As yeah, the Kennedy's version of I Fought The Law is awesome. They're such an underrated band, their debut, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables is a punk classic.

    10 Aug 2006, 19:26

  17. ok, for something just a little harder than those incredibly easy 3 there, who originally did Rudi, A Message to You? It's pretty much a straight cover.

    10 Aug 2006, 21:00

  18. oc stomias

    Paul Anka did a Big Band album of covers of alternative rock songs.
    I liked Teen Spirit and Wonderwall. Very strange, but man, the arrangements were great.

    10 Aug 2006, 22:42

  19. Dandy Livingstone.

    Dandy was a London reggae stalwart, responsible for literally dozens of classy records as singer, producer and writer. This mighty yet mellow warning to the bad boys, recorded in 1967 and way ahead of its time, was never a hit for him, but The Specials took it to No 10 in 1979.

    11 Aug 2006, 08:06

  20. Nick

    Yarrg! Great post, but I have this other amazing cover of 'Thriller' by a guy that sounds like Ben Gibbard(more like the guy from The Robot Ate Me, but still). Think slowed down even more, full orchestral arrangement, with a computer voice patch doing the Bela Lugosi bit. I have no idea where it came from at this point, and it's not really tagged at all, and I've been trying to find out who did it for a while now. Sadly, it's still a mystery, but shoot me a message if you're interested in hearing it.

    13 Aug 2006, 07:02

  21. 4) Muse– Feelin' Good

    Wow, I knew this one! And I know basically nothing about music.

    There are two levels really, aren't there? There's the "Yes, I like a bit of this, this and this" level of music–loving and then there's "Yeah, he used to be the drummer for Purply Pocketed Melvyn before his stint with Astro–Quizrocket, and that infamous gig" level. With films I think I'm just about on the latter one but with music…forget it, no way!

    17 Aug 2006, 23:11

  22. James

    How's about Travis' cover of Baby Hit Me One More Time?

    21 Aug 2006, 14:28


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