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Cassette | Alternative - College Rock
Playlist | Mixed Genre
Playlist | Alternative - College Rock
MP3 Playlist | Mixed Genre

cool covers

Artist Song Buy
William S. Burroughs  "Going along with someone else's song"  buy on itunes
Joss Stone  Fell In Love with a Boy  buy on itunes
Chappaquiddick Skyline  Leave Me Alone  buy on itunes
Flunk  Blue Monday  buy on itunes
Iron & Wine  Such Great Heights  buy on itunes
Bill Cosby  "Covers saved my life"  buy on itunes
They Might Be Giants  Savoy Truffle  buy on itunes
Low  Long Long Long  buy on itunes
Galaxie 500  Isn't It a Pity  buy on itunes
Nirvana  Here She Comes Now  buy on itunes
Big Star  Femme Fatale  buy on itunes
Low  Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me  buy on itunes
Pedro the Lion  Let Down [live]  buy on itunes
The Strokes  Clampdown  buy on itunes
Ivy  Let's Go to Bed  buy on itunes
Bill Cosby  "Greatest Protestants Ever"  buy on itunes
Manic Steet Preachers  Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head  buy on itunes
Low  Open Arms  buy on itunes
The Postal Service  Against All Odds  buy on itunes
Red House Painters  I Am a Rock  buy on itunes
Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet  God Only Knows  buy on itunes


The concept here was to find covers that worked as well as the original versions--or far far worse in a few cases. The Burroughs track is from the first few seconds of his collaboration with REM on "Star Me Kitten" from the X-Files Soundtrack album. Joss Stone reimagines the White Stripes' "Fell In Love with a Girl" as blue-eyed soul. Chappaquiddick Skyline and Flunk cover two of my favorite New Order songs, the former with typical Joe Pernice intensity, the latter with the slightly surreal English pronunciations of a Scandanavian artist. Then Iron & Wine's cover of the Postal Service's "Such Great Heights" rounds out the first set.

Bill Cosby introduces the next set with a clip from his "Cool Covers," which also gives the name to the track. There follows a trifecta of George Harrison covers, including the ridiculous TMBG version of Savoy Truffle and Low's even-slower-than-the-original rendition of "Long Long Long." A twofer of Velvet Underground covers, with Nirvana's unreleased snarl at "Here She Comes Now" contrasted with Alex Chilton's barely conscious reading of "Femme Fatale," and this section is rounded out with a grab bag: Low's intense take on the Smiths, Pedro the Lion's faithful reading of Radiohead, the Strokes' romp through the Clash, and Ivy's sexy take on the Cure.

Another Cos soundbite, about faking along with all the folks singing the hymns in church, introduces the goofy covers sequence: Burt Bacharach, Journey, and Phil Collins, anyone? Finally a pair of more serious covers: Red House Painters' re-reading of Simon & Garfunkel is a minor masterpiece, and Elvis Costello's reading (with the Brodsky Quartet) of the Beach Boys' masterpiece is pretty damn masterful in its own right.


sport !
Date: 3/19/2005
Cool! Lots of good stuff here...
Date: 3/19/2005
great work!
Date: 3/20/2005
Always good to see a fine covers mix on the site, like this one. Thanks for the comments too.

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