Last year, Alanis Morissette’s monster album Jagged Little Pill celebrated its 20th birthday and, as happens on such occasions, got its own big box set. For an even better tribute, though, check out The Land Below’s new cover of one of the album’s hit single, “Hand in My Pocket.” Over low synth drones and a slow crescendo, Sweden’s Erik Lindestad sings the haunting melody at about half the speed of the original. For even those of us who were not Alanis fans the first time around, this cover is revelatory.
Eagle-Eye Cherry came on the scene in 1998. I was working at a Top 40 station at the time and pretty much the only thing I knew about him was:
- His dad was famous jazz trumpeter, Don Cherry (who also co-wrote and performed on Lou Reed’s “All Through the Night”)
- His half-sister was Neneh Cherry, who had a huge hit in 1989 with the song “Buffalo Stance”
Still, his debut album, Desireless, went platinum and the first single, “Save Tonight”, went to #5 on the U.S. charts. Not a bad way to start to a career. Unfortunately, that was pretty much as far as it went for Eagle-Eye. He has since released three more albums, but he is what we in radio call a “One Hit Wonder”.