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Few musicians would have the artistic audacity to imagine Foo Fighters‘ aggressive guitar-chugging “The Pretender” as a folksy banjo-driven track, but dutch multi-instrumentalist Tessa Rose Jackson isn’t one to shy away from a challenge, effortlessly taking on the American rock group favorite and transforming it into a light and playful homage. Continue reading »

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First and foremost, I will start off by admitting I had no clue this was originally Cher‘s song. Then again, on first hearing Nancy Sinatra in Kill Bill Vol.1, I should have expected no less from Quentin Tarantino than to feature yet another brilliant cover song to accompany his film (after all, he did do it in Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown). Continue reading »

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Warren Zevon was one of the most underappreciated artists in his time, at least by the general public. Sure, “Werewolves of London” gets heavy rotation between “The Monster Mash” and “Ghostbusters” on radio stations in October, but the rest of his catalog goes mostly unnoticed. Continue reading »

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I know what you’re thinking.  “A Bluegrass band playing heavy metal tunes.  Hasn’t that already been done a few times?”

Well, as my uncle Cleavon says, “Y’all ain’t heard nothin’ yet.”

Meet Steve ‘n’ Seagulls, a five-piece band from Finland.  (Whenever I think of hillbilly music, I automatically think of Finland.)  They have received millions of hits on their YouTube page for their amazing hillbillified covers of AC/DC, Dio and Iron Maiden.  Now they take on Metallica’s “Seek and Destroy” in a video that can only be described as something straight out of my family reunion.  (No, seriously.) Continue reading »

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I hesitated to write about Kris Kristofferson covering Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”, mostly because I just wrote about POP ETC’s cover of the same song a few weeks ago and I didn’t want to get typecast as the “All Tom, All The Time” writer. Continue reading »

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Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” has likely popped into your head many times since the late 80s’, when it was first released. With a simple melody, a visual storyline for lyrics, and recurring “da-da DA-da, da-da DA-da da-da DA-da, da-da DA-da”, it’s a song to which possibly a tiny baby could help sing along. Like one of Suzanne’s contemporaries, The Terminator, this song has had multiple lives. Originally released in 1987 as an acapella piece, it was re-released as a bootleg with a dance beat by DNA in 1990, and there have been multiple versions since. Thankfully, Suzanne has had the grace to see these copyright infringements as creative pursuits and has not filed any lawsuits to limit versioning. Continue reading »

Welcome to Cover Me Q&A, where we take your questions about cover songs and answer them to the best of our ability.

Here at Cover Me Q&A, we’ll be taking questions about cover songs and giving as many different answers as we can. This will give us a chance to hold forth on covers we might not otherwise get to talk about, to give Cover Me readers a chance to learn more about individual staffers’ tastes and writing styles, and to provide an opportunity for some back-and-forth, as we’ll be taking requests (learn how to do so at feature’s end).

Today’s question: What’s a favorite country & western cover of a non-country & western song?
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A couple nights ago, the Mountain Goats played an intimate show at a NYC winery to to celebrate the release of their pro wrestling-themed album Beat the Champ (which is way better than that description might imply). They threw a couple covers into the mix, one of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Shot in the Dark,” which they released on a 7″ last year, and a new solo take on the Grateful Dead‘s “St. Stephen.” Continue reading »

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