aeseaes – Realiti (Grimes cover)
Bandits on the Run – Back to Black (Amy Winehouse cover)
‘The Best Ever’ series counts down our favorite covers of great artists.
Lindsey Buckingham is out of Fleetwood Mac for reasons that, a few weeks later, remain as enigmatic as many of the band’s best songs. He was fired – or quit? – amid reports that he wanted to work on a solo album while everyone else wanted to tour. This after reports a couple years ago that he wanted to do a Fleetwood Mac album and Stevie didn’t. Their professional lives today are as complicated and messy as their romantic ones once were.
And let’s be honest: He’ll be back in a few years for a dramatic “reunion tour.” But why wait that long to celebrate this great band? We decided to use the excuse of the recent news to pay tribute to one of the most cover-able bands of all time. And lord knows we’ve paid tribute before, full album tributes to Rumours and Tusk and much more (a bunch of links a the bottom).
But now, just as we did with the Talking Heads last month, we’re looking at the entire catalogue, ranking the top thirty covers of Fleetwood Mac songs from any album or era. There’s no specific Lindsey-focus or anything. Though the majority of songs are from the the classic lineup (including a number from Lindsey’s passion project Tusk), a handful come from the band’s blues beginnings before he or Stevie joined. If the record sleeve said “Fleetwood Mac,” it was fair game for artists to reinterpret – and boy, have they ever. Without further ado, thirty artists who listened carefully to the sound, then played the way they felt it.
Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.
“In The Pines,” AKA “Where Did You Sleep Last Night,” AKA “Black Girl,” is a traditional Appalachian folk song, nearly a century and a half old, that encompasses elements of searing heartbreak, perceived betrayal, death (by decapitation in many cases), and murder. Not to mention the fact the the song title is named after a location where “the sun don’t ever shine” and “we shiver when the cold wind blows.”
Not exactly “Kumbaya,” right? Which is fortunate, because if this song had been about the warm and fuzzies, it never would have lasted to become the haunting classic it remains today.
Full Albums features covers of every track off a classic album. Got an idea for a future pick? Leave a note in the comments!
Tusk‘s reputation as an infamous failure is pretty much cemented at this point. But it didn’t actually fail at all.
It’s not often that an artist will cover a song and also provide a convenient way for the listener to hear the original, but Bill Callahan has done just that. On a new single released via Drag City, Callahan covered Micky Newbury’s “Heaven Help The Child,” which is the B-side, and Newbury’s original is the A-side. And in addition to the cover, Callahan has released a video to accompany the cover.
Mojo celebrated Leonard Cohen’s new album Old Friends with a disc called The Songs of Leonard Cohen Covered, which features multiple artists covering Cohen’s 1967 debut album The Songs of Leonard Cohen. Aside from this, a tribute series called Old Ideas with New Friends is being assembled by Columbia Records. It features multiple indie acts covering various Cohen songs, which you can listen to here.