Let’s just get this out of the way. I love Depeche Mode. A couple of their albums are always in the running whenever that “you are on stranded island with only one album” question comes up with my friends. And whenever an opportunity to write about a Depeche Mode cover comes up, I will take it.
Johnny Marr has had quite the career. Besides being the guitarist for The Smiths, he has also been part of The The, Electronic, The Pretenders, The Cribs and Modest Mouse. He started a band with Zak Starkey (Ringo’s son) called Johnny Marr and the Healers. He has worked with Paul McCartney, Talking Heads, Beck, Pet Shop Boys and a whole slew of other artists as a session musician.
Here, he takes on the 1993 Depeche Mode hit, “I Feel You”. To some of you, that may mean nothing. To a kid raised in the ’80s, though, this is the best of both worlds.
This limited edition 7″, released for Record Store Day 2015, will also include a B-side live performance of The Smiths’ “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”.
At first, it almost sounds like a George Thorogood tune with the drum and guitar, but then it quickly becomes the well-recognized song that I wore out on Depeche Mode’s Songs of Faith and Devotion album.
Check out more Johnny Marr on his website.
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?
Could electronic duo Röyksopp possibly be any more Norwegian? At the end of November, the duo performed on the final broadcast of the 10-year running Lydverket music show on NRK (Norwegian national TV). Not only did they perform a new song, “Running to the Sea,” they also took a 1981 Depeche Mode b-side, “Ice Machine,” and made it more moody and atmospheric (and therefore, more Norwegian), than ever thought possible.
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
After taking last week off for Thanksgiving, we’re back with a double helping of new Bandcamp covers! Download 10 new covers below for your post-gluttony workout mix.
We’ve already heard Jack White, Damien Rice, and Garbage cover U2 (here, here, and here) for Q magazine’s new Achtung Baby tribute album. Now we have three more from the album, which hit newsstands today. It’s the Killers, Nine Inch Nails, and Depeche Mode, all covering favorite tracks from the 1991 classic.