Nov 022016
 

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 Mike Misch: What cover song makes you laugh?
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Feb 082014
 

In Memoriam pays tribute to those who have left this world, and the songs they left us to remember them by.

Joe Raposo taught America’s children how to sing. – Charles Kuralt

Joe Raposo died a quarter century ago this week; today would have been his 77th birthday. The name might not ring a bell, but the music sure does – he was the very first person to ask, “Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?”

Yes, Raposo’s songs helped many a sunny day sweep the clouds away, whether they were performed by Cookie Monster or Frank Sinatra (who called Raposo “the genius”). His melodies were catchy and uplifting, while his lyrics were simple enough for kids to grasp, but sophisticated enough that adults could find true meaning in them. Put together, they defied you to not sing along.
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They Say It’s Your Birthday: Rivers Cuomo

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Jun 132012
 

They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!

Since the age of 22, Rivers Cuomo has headed up one of the world’s most beloved alternative rock bands: Weezer. For the last 20 years, Weezer has guided millions of angsty youths through glorious highs, soul-shattering lows and everything in between with hits like “Island In The Sun,” “Say It Ain’t So” and “Hash Pipe.” Continue reading »

Apr 292008
 

I spent this past weekend sick in bed (Woo! Start the pity party!) so that inspired this theme.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: My server got mad at me for hosting too many files on it and cut off my access. So I will be switching to box.net, but until I move all the files over the next couple days the posts below this will not work.

La Lupe – Fever (Peggy Lee)
A Cuban swing version of this oft-covered staple, it’s got as much balls as a female vocalist can naturally muster. Turns out she’s got a pretty sweet bio too; check out the non-academia-approved version here.

Jill Sobule – Don’t Let Us Get Sick (Warren Zevon)
It’s not one of Zevon’s better-known tunes, but this cover is absolutely gorgeous, a mournful prayer all the more heart-wrenching when you realized Zevon did get sick, and died, far too young. Off the excellent Enjoy Every Sandwich tribute album.

The White Stripes – Love Sick (Bob Dylan)
Everything I like about Jack White in this song: slow singing, organ playing turning into guitar freak-out, banshee screaming, and singing Dylan. Doesn’t get better than that.

The Lounge-O-Lizards – Flagpole Sitta (Harvey Danger)
The artist name should tell you all you need to know about this cover.

Richard Cheese – Down With the Sickness (Disturbed)
What, two novelty easy-listening lounge covers in one post? Yeah, deal with it.

Michael McDaeth – Pennyroyal Tea (Nirvana)
Sounds somewhat like Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged version, but with a singer doing his best Neil Young impression.

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Germs (Nine Inch Nails…sort of)
This isn’t a cover or parody of any specific song, but what Al calls a “style parody,” a cover of a song they should have done. It sounds like their sound, as is no more paranoid than anything Trent would write.

The Delta Cross Band – Legionnaire’s Disease (Bob Dylan)
Another Dylan one, this is hard to compare to the original as there is no original. If Dylan ever recorded it, no recording circulates. This version is good enough to be definitive though.

Status Quo – Getting Better (The Beatles)
What I hope to do. If you thought the production of Sgt. Pepper’s was glossy, this takes it to the next level, making it sound like a TV holiday special.