In the past few months, True Blood has established itself as the television show most likely to deliver unexpected covers. Last night’s Sons of Anarchy season premiere indicates there might be another gritty drama making a run for it. Almost five million caught the show (setting an FX record) and heard a sensitive new performance of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” from Alison Mosshart (the Kills, the Dead Weather).
There are some genres that are inherently difficult to cover – folk, blues, reggae, so on and so forth. It’s not necessarily that they’re technically any harder than any other genres; quite the opposite, really. These genres are part of a tradition that thrives on covers and predates the very concept of the cover, just like the standards that everyone sang fifty years ago in their attempts to be Frank Sinatra.
The opening words to the latest Sucker Punch trailer, punctuated like they’re spoken: I lost everyone I’ve ever loved. Then they locked me away. With nowhere to hide. From the pain. Just when you think all hope for this film is lost, though, Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks” kicks in. Sure, they keep blathering about escaping from some asylum that apparently only holds gorgeous teens (and they want to escape why?), but at least music supervisor Tyler Bates seems set to deliver.