Say what you will about Adam Sandler‘s recent film offerings, but The Wedding Singer is still a solid comedy. Not only did the movie have a killer ’80s soundtrack, but it also boasted an original song by Sandler’s character Robbie Hart. “Somebody Kill Me” is an oddly endearing song, despite the subject matter. LVL UP has taken The Cure-inspired track and covered it for the Father/Daughter compilation Faux Real II.
At the beginning of the year, Sam Smith quietly settled a copyright dispute with Tom Petty over the striking similarities between Smith’s three-time Grammy-nominated “Stay With Me” and Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” co-written with ELO’s Jeff Lynne. Both parties have claimed that there are no hard feelings and have moved on since the incident, which wasn’t even supposed to be made public. In an odd way, it is fortunate for us, because we have been able to hear a myriad of mash-ups of the two songs, including this rerecording by love+war.
The term “emo” was loosely thrown around in the early 2000s to describe any pop punk band with angsty lyrics. With such a mainstream semantic shift, the idea of emo can be off-putting for some. Those who are over the age of 25 or consider themselves connoisseurs of punk, however, know that emo and popular forms of punk really originates from the 1980s hardcore punk scene in Washington D.C. and is more than simple angsty pop punk.
There is something about the minimalist funk of Frank Ocean‘s “Lost” that induces a dreamy feeling of sultry, summer nights. Live Footage, a duo of experimental dance musicians, captured this vibe perfectly with their live rendition of the channel ORANGE hit.
Josh Tillman, former Fleet Foxes member that goes by Father John Misty, just released his sophomore effort I Love You, Honeybear on Sub Pop. While promoting his second album, he stopped by Sirius XMU to perform. In addition to performing a stripped down rendition of a couple of tracks off the album, Tillman also paid tribute to fellow Seattleites Nirvana with his take on “Heart-Shaped Box.”
If you were in high school and madly in love around the time Juno came out in 2007, you are familiar with Cat Power‘s rendition of Phil Phillips’ 1959 hit, “Sea of Love.” The ballad has been covered by the likes of The Honeydrippers, Iggy Pop, and Tom Waits. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Scottish fuzz rock trio PAWS has delivered their own sweet, lo-fi version of the classic love song.
Oscar season is amongst us, and it’s a shame that cover songs cannot be considered for best song. The film Wild, starring a nominated Reese Witherspoon, features an incredible cover of R.E.M.‘s “Walk Unafraid,” by First Aid Kit – one so good, we named it one of the best covers of 2014. Now the Swedish sister act has teamed up with guitarist Peter Buck to deliver this goosebump-inducing live rendition.
Back in 2009, TV on the Radio released a cover of David Bowie‘s “Heroes” for the charity album War Time Presents Heroes. The album benefited the charity’s aid efforts in real war-stricken areas such as Iraq, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The cover has recently been deemed fitting for wars set in HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones trailer for the upcoming fifth season.