The world of somewhat under-the-radar pioneers has suffered devastating losses this past month. First the legendary Captain Beefheart passed in December. A few weeks later, Gerry Rafferty of “Baker Street” and “Stuck in the Middle with You” fame left us. Finally, just four days ago Trish Keenan, lead singer of indie electro-poppers Broadcast, died of pneumonia. Oof.
As they tend to do after losing a hero, musicians have begun honoring the artists with new covers. Below we give you three new ones, one for each fallen artist. World-music favorite Arrington De Dionyso of Indonesia remembers Don Van Vliet with “Hot Head.” Brighton quartet Duke Raoul pay tribute to Rafferty’s biggest solo hit, “Baker Street.” ARMS looks back at Broadcast’s “Corporeal,” writing on his blog that recording it “seemed like the right thing to do. It’s a very sad day.”