Apr 012018
 

That’s A Cover? explores cover songs that you may have thought were originals.

Bob Dylan Friday

In 2011, Rebecca Black released “Friday” and put up the video on YouTube. A month later the Tosh.0 blog, then at the height of its influential powers, discovered it and posted it under the headline “Songwriting Isn’t For Everyone.” Result: the internet lost its hive mind. The video racked up millions of downturned thumbs. People attacked Black for her heavily auto-tuned voice, her poor dancing skills, and lyrics so inane even Justin Bieber couldn’t believe them.

But Black had supporters. Lady Gaga called her a genius. Simon Cowell of American Idol declared himself a fan, nothing that “the fact that it’s making people so angry is brilliant.” He went on to add, “Anyone who can create this much controversy within a week, I want to meet. I love people like that.”

Cowell certainly would love the author of “Friday,” and the Tosh.0 people certainly need to rethink their snarky headline. For, even as the Friday Fenomenon steamrolled America, word began trickling out that the man who wrote the song was far more than just another pretty voice. That’s right: Rebecca Black didn’t write “Friday.” Bob Dylan, the man behind the best song of all time according to Rolling Stone, crafted the lines about which seat on the school bus to select.
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Dec 072011
 

The phrase “cover music video” is something of a misnomer. The fact that these songs were originally performed by other artists has, in all cases but one, nothing to do with the video. We might more accurately call this list “Best Music Videos for Songs That Just So Happen to Be Covers.” Still, the cover angle gives us a chance to look at some brilliant music videos that mostly flew somewhat under the radar. Continue reading »

May 112011
 

Every Wednesday, our resident Gleek Eric Garneau gives his take on last night’s Glee covers.


In “Prom Queen,” McKinley High throws its annual gala dance, and many of our favorite characters vie for coronation. Meanwhile, a last-minute cancellation by Air Supply leaves the dance bandless until New Directions steps in to provide an enchanted evening of vocal bliss.

Well, guys, the second season of Glee is coming to an end. After this week’s episode we only have two left to go, and if the early reports regarding the season finale are true, there’s no need for me to write up that one. I’m happy to say that, as a television show, I’ve thought the last few episodes of Glee have really begun to coalesce into a satisfying conclusion for its many season-long arcs. I think lots of fans would agree that the second season has for the most part been much less compelling than the first, though it seems Glee’s found its footing again when it comes to plot progression and character development. Continue reading »

Apr 042011
 

We’ve seen Friday reimagined as a dark narrative about loneliness. We’ve seen it parodied in songs like Thursday. We’ve even seen it played by an orchestra. Leave it to Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon to pay homage by doing the craziest thing of all: adding more fun.

The back story is slightly complicated, but the important thing is that Fallon’s fans were able to raise $26,000 for charity, forcing Colbert to come on the show and sing the maligned Rebecca Black “song.” Colbert starts by crooning alone, on a pitch black stage, his voice choked with emotion. This is the performance one might expect – as it seems completely unexpected. Of course Colbert would come on the show and totally make fun of the song by turning it into a broken-hearted, country-tinged love song. Continue reading »

Mar 312011
 

As the weekend approaches, you might find yourself facing some difficult questions: Are you going to kick it in the front seat or the back seat? What day comes after Saturday? Will you have fun fun fun fun? Lucky for you, two more intrepid cover artists answered those questions this week with takes on the irritatingly ubiquitous Rebecca Black track “Friday.” Continue reading »

Mar 242011
 

In a rare display of web-wide agreement, folks all over the Internet have come together in the past couple weeks to boldly declare one thing: Rebecca Black’s “Friday” is a terrible song. And like most terrible songs, it’s generated tons of hilarious – but equally terrible – covers. Finally, however, the first genuinely good cover has emerged. Don’t worry, though – it’s plenty funny too. Continue reading »