It is without question that Weezer‘s guitar-pop jam “Surf Wax America” is one of the stand-outs on the band’s eponymous Blue Album. The emo revivalists of You Blew It! know this and as a teaser to their upcoming Weezer cover EP, released this true-to-form cover. Band member Tanner Jones described why they chose this song to Stereogum:
Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.
Bob Dylan recorded “Simple Twist of Fate” for one of his most popular albums, 1975’s Blood On the Tracks. Overanalyzed by critics and Bob fans everywhere, Tracks was dismissed by Dylan for having been influenced by the drama of a failing marriage, but there’s no denying how much pain comes through on the album’s songs, particularly this one.
When Joey Ramone was fighting for his life with Lymphoma, he wrote and recorded the song, “I Get Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up),” about his battle with the disease. Last December, School of Seven Bells member and former Secret Machines member Benjamin Curtis also passed away after battling T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Bandmate Alejandra Deheza has released their final recording together, a cover of Ramone’s “I Get Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up).” The song was recorded in its entirety by Curtis while in his hospital bed.
Ex-Fleet Foxes member Josh Tillman, better known as Father John Misty, last released his album Fear Fun on Sub Pop back in 2012. Since then, he has provided the soundtrack to a short film and has dabbled in the cover world, such as the piece we saw for a Johnny Cash tribute. Combining his love for providing soundtracks and covers, Father John Misty has just covered Cat Stevens‘s “Trouble” for the upcoming documentary, ONCE I WAS: The Hal Ashby Story.
Lana Del Rey has made her fair share of enemies while promoting her latest effort, Ultraviolence. She has said things like feminism “isn’t an interesting concept,” and she wishes she was “dead already,” turning off the likes of Francis Bean and simultaneously winning the hearts of angst-ridden teens.
1994. A brilliant year for music. In my native UK, we heard the first rumblings of Britpop with the release of Oasis’s ‘Live Forever’, ‘Parklife’ by Blur and Primal Scream’s ‘Rocks’. Stateside, Green Day released their classic ‘Dookie’, Johnny Cash had his his renaissance with his first Rick-Rubin produced album, and Outkast unleashed their debut.