Holy Shits! I’ll hope you’ll pardon my French y’all, for this was just the name the Foo Fighters recently gave themselves when returning to the stage after a recent gig in Delaware. For their encore performance they thought they would do something different and perform as a bar band (and introduced themselves under the aforementioned name) bashing out some rock classics.
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 song you hated until you heard it covered?
In the Spotlight showcases a cross-section of an artist’s cover work. View past installments, then post suggestions for future picks in the comments!
Paul McCartney as a septuagenarian is still going strong, having just headlined Bonnaroo last month. Showcasing covers of Macca is a pretty easy gig, so we won’t touch the Beatles (as we’ve already done that in spades); instead, we’ll look at covers of his musical output during the Mullet Years, from the time the Beatles broke up to the dissolution of Wings in 1981. It’s true that McCartney pretty much recorded his solo debut McCartney by himself, except for some oohs and ahhs from the lovely Linda, and maybe it’s not technically a Wings album, but for simplicity’s sake we’re just going to go ahead and say that it is. Now, without further ado…
Cover Classics takes a closer look at all-cover albums of the past, their genesis, and their legacy.
Considering The Beatles’ impact on music, pop culture and beyond, surprisingly few filmmakers have taken on the challenge of telling the legendary band’s story on the big screen. Director Iain Softley stands apart as one of the few who wasn’t daunted; his very first film, Backbeat, tells the story of the Beatles’ raucous early years as a cover band, performing in the seedy red-light district of Hamburg, Germany. The film concentrates on the love triangle amongst John Lennon, then-bassist Stuart Sutcliffe, and German photographer Astrid Kirchherr.
Back in June Barack Obama honored Sir Paul McCartney with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (the first non-American to win). The man’s got lots of awards, but this one came with a bonus: a tribute concert featuring Jack White, Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris, and the Jonas Brothers (for the Obama girls). The whole thing airs on PBS July 28th, but PBS.org has released two videos. Jack White lends his delta-blues yelp to “Mother Nature’s Son,” leading to the potentially confusing headline: White Covers White at White House. Always fond of the mashup, he mixes in a little “That Would Be Something” while he’s at it. Joined by Paul’s band, Grohl screams his way through a by-the-books “Band on the Run,” which is pretty darn fun.
“Paul, you’re definitely my hero,” Grohl quipped. “Mr. President…you’re my other hero.” The Foo Fighters have covered “Band” before, but this is Jack’s first attack at “Mother Nature’s Son.” Hopefully it isn’t the last. Check out both videos (and MP3s) below, then tell us whose cover is better in the comments.