Sep 042009

Cover Commissions is a monthly series in which a featured artist produces a special cover for this blog. The song to be covered is usually chosen by blog readers via a poll or suggestions form. Any artists interested in participating in a future installment, please email me at the address on the right.

Only in New York. Where else could a folk guitarist who goes by “Sweet” Willy Jive and a hip-hop keyboardist named E-Beats come together to form a band? Peculiar Gentlemen indeed.

Add in bass, drums, two back-up singers, and the occasional tag-along you have the current configuration of this ramshackle group. It’s the Dresden Dolls meets the Supremes as channeled by hip Brooklyn urbanites. Before reading further, I suggest you check out their MySpace.

The two YouTube videos below give you an idea of their funky flexibility, moving from cabaret-blues on “The Part That I Love” to soul-rap with “The Difference.” Who got the good shit? They got the good shit!

That good shit continues right here on Cover Me, with Peculiar Gentlemen having volunteered to perform a cover. A cover of what? As always, the choice is yours.

Below are ten songs, each linked to a YouTube video. Check out any you don’t know, check out the band’s music, then go vote on the left what song you want them to perform! Voting is open for one week, and after that the band will get to work (so check back later this month for the finished product!)

For Your Consideration:
Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves the Sunshine (5 votes)
Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) (29 votes)
Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling (15 votes)
Ray Charles – A Fool for You (9 votes)
Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions – It’s All Right (8 votes)
Michael Jackson – You Rock My World (11 votes)
Phoenix – Lisztomania (21 votes)
Prince Paul – Beautifully Absurd (3 votes)
Sly & the Family Stone – Hot Fun in the Summertime (13 votes)
Tears for Fears – Sowing the Seeds of Love (23 votes)

Voting closes in one week, so hop to it on the right! The band’s latest album The Difference is available at Amazon, CDBaby, and iTunes. And don’t forget, last month’s Commissions artist Broken Chimneys’ Springsteen cover is coming soon!

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