A little over a year ago, Toronto-based pop-rockers Zeus released Busting Visions, putting them on a lot of people’s radars as a band to watch. With the re-release of this stellar album, the band is also putting out an EP with the FANTASTIC title of Cover Me, featuring seven unique and wonderful covers. One stand out is their take on R. Kelly‘s “Ignition (Remix).”
No matter who you are, chances are while listening to R&B singer R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix),” you feel the same joy that comes with summer or a good night out bubble up inside. Or, at the very least, you bob your head in enjoyment. It’s just one of those songs — it feels good whenever, wherever, and however it’s played. That’s probably why Young the Giant’s cover of the 2002 R&B hit is so damn good…well, that and the fact that the alternative rock band is quite a talented quintet.
Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.
It was twenty-eight years ago this month that Phil Lynott, bassist/vocalist for Thin Lizzy, passed away far too young. At least he left behind a legacy – a quality back catalog, a memorable description from Henry Rollins as “my guardo camino… the man that gets me through the high times, the low times and all the times in between,” and a song that rivals “Jersey Girl” as the best Bruce Springsteen song that Springsteen never wrote – “The Boys Are Back In Town,” from 1976’s Jailbreak.
YouTube is filled with amateur cover “artists.” Most stink. On the ‘Tube extracts the exceptions.
On NBC’s The Voice, Blake Shelton picked Dia Frampton after she had been singing for four seconds. Four seconds. It’s no wonder. The 23 year old singer songwriter from Utah has a talent and versatility that somehow manages to coexist with her quietly powerful style.
The Voice may end up being Frampton’s big break, but she’s been a star of the internet music scene for years in the acoustic-duo-turned-full-band she started with her sister, Meg. Fittingly, they go by Meg & Dia. Recently, though, Dia has been blowing up the band’s YouTube channel with her own solo covers and we’re all lucky for it.
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
This week’s Bandcamp spotlight takes a somewhat unusual focus: covers of imaginary artists. Three of the featured songs come from unusual origins, to say the least. One is a song by a cartoon band, one is a song performed by a creepy character in a whacko movie, and one is the text of an online comic strip put to music. Yeah, some strange stuff. Bookending this bizarre trifecta, the other two featured covers spotlight two new free tribute EPs.
For the first time, though, we’re actually bringing you ten Bandcamp covers. Focusing our main selection on the oddball left a lot of terrific, more traditional covers by the wayside. In a week with an unusually large number of quality releases, we just didn’t have the heart to leave them behind, so find bonus covers of Huey Lewis and the News, the Fauves, Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash, and the Ronettes below the main set.
Is “Ignition (Remix)” the most famous remix ever? Probably not, but I can’t think of a bigger one offhand. Regardless, R. Kelly’s 573th megahit seemed everywhere upon its release in 2002. Just saying “It’s the remix…” can get people reciting the whole thing. You may not realize it, but the phrase “hot and fresh out the kitchen” is lodged somewhere in your subconscious.
Utah indie duo Meg & Dia YouTube-d a down-home cover of the song. It features the three band members not named Meg or Dia on guitar, clapping, and basketball-bouncing (which, believe it or not, does add to the song). The description says, “We decided to give you a preview of the remix,” which may indicate that there’s a studio version coming. Or not. This is enough for now.