Dec 072018

Cover Classics takes a look at great covers albums of the past, their genesis and their legacies.

Black Friday may have gone, but here’s a twofer bargain.

Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, has produced two near-full album cover classics in her career (so far), which doesn’t even begin to fully address her never-more-quirky approach to the songs of others. Not that she is lost for any words of her own! She’s got a back catalogue stretching across many styles and many genres, from raw scratchy indie through slinky southern soul, a touch of electronica and back again, yet always unmistakably herself. Her career has seen her seemingly beset by internal demons; many had written her off until her triumphant return this fall with Wanderer, containing ten of her own songs, and one contender for our Cover Songs of the Year post.

But it is back to 2000 we first go, to The Covers Record. Allegedly a disappointment to her record company, who had appreciated this was an artiste worth their investment, but even with lackluster promotion it became a slow burning triumph. Praise and plaudits accumulated over the years, not least as box set dramas required ever more diverse musical accompaniments.
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Nov 222011

This week, Cover Me celebrates Freddie Mercury 20 years after his passing. Read Part 1 here.

On April 20, 1992, one of the most impressive collections of musicians ever assembled for one show gathered together to pay tribute to Farrokh Bulsara, better known to the world as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who had passed away due to complications from AIDS some six months before. Today, as we approach the 20th anniversary of his passing, Cover Me looks back at this monumental concert event, a celebration of covers and of one of the most unique talents ever to grace the performing arts. Continue reading »

Jul 122010

Once you hear Liza Minnelli’s voice, you never forget it. That’s not to say you won’t try. Though well suited for Broadway pomp, that diva belting is too grand for radio pop. Which means it’s hilarious to hear her try.

Okay, “her” is not actually her. It’s actress Christine Pedi, who recreates Lady Gaga’s epic “Telephone” video. She stars as Carol Channing too, who takes on the buddy-sidekick roll formerly filled by Beyoncé. Channing drives an armored truck and feeds Liza a Snickers bar (a clever nod to this ad). It’s pretty ridiculous which, when you’re parodying Liza Minnelli parodying Lady Gaga, almost goes without saying. Continue reading »