Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Tell it to her Tuesday-under the covers

Janet asked about favorite remakes today (also known as covers.) Covers are best when they aren't a carbon copy, but still respect the original. There are a few:

  • Cake, "I Will Survive." It rocks.
  • Foo Fighters, "Baker Street." This was a great song by Gerry Rafferty, a mainstay of late 70s AM radio. Apparently a lot of folks covered it, but I thought the Foo's version was a particularly good version.
  • Matthew Sweet, "Do Ya." I heard this song on the radio exactly once, then went out and bought the album. I hate to spend money at all, so you know how much I loved it. The cool thing is, the recording on Live at 6A is a sound check, not for an audience; they played the hell out of it because they love the song.
  • Soft Cell, "Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go." Everyone and their twin sister covered this one, but I have a soft spot for the big ol' 80s one hit wonder version.
  • Ataris, "The Boys of Summer." Can't explain why, this just works.
  • Lyle Lovett, "Summer Wind." It's not better than Sinatra's version, but it's hard to put Lyle Lovett with one of my favorite songs and not be happy about it. Am happy.

So that's it. Enjoy the rainy Tuedsay.


Anonymous said...

Believe it or not, we overlap on a few on this one. Which ones? Well you'll just have to wait until Sunday to find out!:)

Natsthename said...

I love me some Matthew Sweet. I have not heard THAT one, though. Sounds great!!

Anonymous said...

I have the Ataris on my list too! Never heard of the Foo Fighters song, but I'll definitely check it out.

Tata said...

Off the top of my head: DEVO's Working In A Coalmine, David Bowie's China Girl, Cyndi Lauper's I Drove All Night, and Chumbawamba covering Lenny Bruce. The Urchins covered The Enabler fantastically, but that's obscure, I suppose.

"Ms. Cornelius" said...

Cake-- I Will Survive???? Oh, God, I must have this!!!!

Hank Kalet said...

REM doing three Velvet Underground covers: There She Goes Again, Pale Blue Eyes and Femme Fatale and their cover of Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic

The Inmates covering Dirty Water

Bob Dylan's first album

The Beatles Roll Over Beethoven and Dizzy Miss Lizzie

Rolling Stones Just My Imagination and I Wanna Be Your Man

Fountains of Wayne, doing, yes, ...Baby One More Time

Cake doing Perhaps

That's a start, anyway.

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