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

cool covers

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


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.