Jun 102015
 

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, from Cover Me staffer Raphael Camara: What’s a song that’s been covered too many times?
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Apr 132015
 

Haunting.

What is “An overused word to describe a song”, Alex?

To be fair, there are some songs that can only be described as “haunting”.  For example, “Laurie (Strange Things Happen) by Dickey Lee.  This is the song where a guy meets a girl, Laurie, at a dance on her birthday.  They hit it off, he walks her home and gives her his sweater to wear because it’s a little chilly.  When they get to her house, he kisses her goodnight (Yes!) and starts to head back home only to realize that he forgot his sweater.  He goes back and her dad answers and tells the guy that Laurie “died a year ago today”. Continue reading »

Feb 182015
 

Josh Tillman, former Fleet Foxes member that goes by Father John Misty, just released his sophomore effort I Love You, Honeybear on Sub Pop. While promoting his second album, he stopped by Sirius XMU to perform. In addition to performing a stripped down rendition of a couple of tracks off the album, Tillman also paid tribute to fellow Seattleites Nirvana with his take on “Heart-Shaped Box.” Continue reading »

Apr 012014
 

Seemingly overnight, Lawrence, Kansas based Kawehi has turned into an Internet sensation with her killer, live-looped cover of Nirvana‘s “Heart Shaped Box.” The Hawaiian musician only uses three tools to cover the grunge classic: her voice, a step sequencer, and a MIDI keyboard and it is nothing short of amazing. EDM haters, beware. This modern take on the angsty track just might change your tune. Kawehi has received praise from music critics and even received a tweet of approval from Courtney Love. Continue reading »

Jul 122013
 

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.
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