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 your favorite holiday cover song?
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As far as emerging artists go, Haim and Lorde have both had quite a year. They also recently teamed up to perform a cover for VH1’s You Oughta Know concert. Continue reading »
Lorde is everywhere these days, including the upcoming Hunger Games soundtrack where she tackles ’80s pop gods Tears For Fears with their power-hungry single “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” Continue reading »
Andre Mistier formed The Adversary after a trip to Burning Man, so for their first cover what better artist to choose than the Flaming Lips – basically the Burning Man of bands? Mistier, formerly of alt-rock quartet Ism, chose “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.” The narrative of the song overlaps with the dark post-apocalyptic dreamscape the group explore on their debut EP Chapter 1: The Ruins. Continue reading »
Despite taking a four year hiatus from music, it has not taken Lily Allen long to get back in the spotlight. Her latest music video for her single “Hard Out Here” has stirred up some controversy and news outlets are talking about her new songs, inspired by everything from twitter feuds with rappers to feeling sexual after becoming a mom. Not everything she has put out is controversial, however. Her latest take on Keane‘s “Somewhere Only We Know” is nothing short of sweet and stupid adorable. Continue reading »
These days, it seems that you can’t have a discussion of Miley Cyrus without getting into her public persona – the twerking, the outfits, the drug references, Liam Hemsworth, and so on and so forth. If there’s any discussion of artistry, it’s from the perspective of performance art, of people wondering whether her antics are just a part of the brand she’s trying to sell. But the fact of the matter is that she’s mastered a degree of artistry beyond that, and the attention surrounding her persona only serves to add a layer of depth to any sincere performance she might give. Continue reading »
For their tour together, The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala decided it would be an excellent idea to cover each other’s songs and release them on a collaborative EP. As a teaser, The Flaming Lips (in standard Flaming Lips form) have not just simply covered the song, but have provided a visual element to it as well. Continue reading »
There are two distinct elements to the Twin Peaks theme song, elements that are difficult for any artist to balance and for any listener to approach. There’s the theme song as a theme song, as Angelo Badalamenti’s mellow, dreamlike instrumentals that play over shots of Northwestern industrialism and waterfalls as the opening credits roll. Alternately, there’s “Falling” – it’s the same song, but it becomes entirely different when Julee Cruise‘s vocals and David Lynch‘s lyrics are introduced. Understandably, most (if not all) covers of the song opt for the latter. And yet, the listener is still somehow presented with the two different versions. Sometimes, like with last year’s Field Mouse cover, we get covers that are evocative of the opening – covers where the vocals are as ethereal as the instrumentals and the whole thing flows together as one ambient whole. Continue reading »