Brendan Shanahan

Brendan works and lives in Adelaide, Australia. Interested in all kinds of music (there are few he won't listen to), he's trying to find the best album in the world through the process of elimination. He's interested in covers that re-invigorate and elevate the original song, rather than those just used as filler (I'm looking at you 50s and 60s pop music albums!) Follow him on twitter.

Sep 102020
 
the dresden dolls

I do enjoy when covers elevate a song out of it’s original environment and strengthens the power of the song itself. Indeed, this is what the Dresden Dolls (made up of Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione) have achieved with their cover of “I’m Going to Go Back There Someday,” originally from The Muppet Movie.

Currently residing in New Zealand, Palmer said in a tweet “this song’s about being homesick for something you don’t understand.” The cover doesn’t change much from the original – the slow ballad structure and sense of yearning is retained, but Palmer’s piano sounds more poignant and powerful considering the context in which it is now being sung. This is what good covers should do – take songs from one context, and make them perfectly describe another.

Separated by distance and by quarantine, the Dresden Dolls were meant to be collaborating for an album this year, but managed to record this cover and put it on Bandcamp to raise money for the Boston Resiliency Fund.

Listen to the track and purchase it over on Bandcamp.

 

Sep 012020
 
clash tribute

The Clash are arguably one of the pioneers of punk rock, laying down the formation for the next 50 years of punk and its derivatives. In honor of what would have been Clash lead signer Joe Strummer’s birthday last week, New Jersey-based alternative rock band Lost in Society have released the EP Casbah Club. The EP contains covers of three Clash songs: “Police on my Back”, “Rock the Casbah” and “Death or Glory.” Continue reading »

Aug 252020
 
deon jones jon batiste

In the current climate, it was to be expected that protest and anti-government songs would find their way back into rotation. But this cover of U2‘s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by Deon Jones has extra special significance.

At a protest in Los Angeles, Jones was shot at by police, with a rubber bullet lodging underneath his eye, missing it by inches. In response, Jones got together with pianist Jon Batiste to cover U2’s most political track “Sunday Bloody Sunday” from their 1982 album War. Continue reading »

Aug 172020
 
the sword working man

Doom metal was still in its innocence when Rush released their eponymous debut album in 1969, which contained the everyday-man anthem “Working Man.” Soaring guitars lead into what would become a staple of Rush songs: a heavy yet catchy guitar riff and outstanding drum work from Neil Peart. As a part of their Conquest of Quarantine series, Austin band The Sword have presented a doom metal take on this classic rock track. Continue reading »