Full Albums features covers of every track off a classic album. Got an idea for a future pick? Leave a note in the comments!
November 22, 1963 is a date that resonates with people the world over – not least because it’s the day that both Aldous Huxley and C.S. Lewis passed away – but it’s an important date in the music world too. It was on this day, fifty years ago, that the Beatles released their second album, With the Beatles. Certainly that date resonated with the Beatles – they released the White Album five years later to the day, and that was no coincidence – and the music they released on that fateful day had proven to resonate just as long.
In Memoriam pays tribute to those who have left this world, and the songs they left us to remember them by.
Michael Hutchence was born to be a frontman. With hair and shirtlessness that would make Jim Morrison proud, and a singing style that could be both passionate and cool in equal measures, Hutchence helped the songs of INXS stand out; they’re clearly from the ‘80s, but timeless in a way that most hits of the decade can’t claim.
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.
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.
The music blogosphere has erupted in Tears for Fears-related news, most notably with Lorde’s cover of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” for the latest installment in the Hunger Games trilogy. Unfortunately, one bit of news about the New Wavers seemed to be eclipsed by the excitement (and sometimes outrage) over Lorde’s rendition of their iconic song. In preparation for the reissue of their 1983 debut album The Hurting and their first new album in over a decade, the band has released a fantastic cover of Hot Chip‘s “Boy From School.”