Saturday, April 5th was the 20 year anniversary of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s death, and the impact his music made on his peers was very apparent. Over the weekend, both St. Vincent and Muse showed their love for the fallen frontman with covers of Nevermind’s “Lithium.”
In Memoriam pays tribute to those who have left this world, and the songs they left us to remember them by.
Michael Hutchence was born to be a frontman. With hair and shirtlessness that would make Jim Morrison proud, and a singing style that could be both passionate and cool in equal measures, Hutchence helped the songs of INXS stand out; they’re clearly from the ‘80s, but timeless in a way that most hits of the decade can’t claim.
Full Albums features covers of every track off a classic album. Got an idea for a future pick? Leave a note in the comments!
Let It Be was the soundtrack of a band falling apart. That was never the plan, of course – the Beatles conceived the album as a back-to-basics effort, in which they would rediscover the joys of playing together without overdubs, only to find themselves bored, angry, and miserable, each one trapped with three bandmates who couldn’t understand what he was going through. They were unhappy with the results and shelved them, but a known goldmine won’t stay untampered, and Phil Spector was brought in to make something of the mess. Upon its release, the highest praise any Beatle gave it came from John, and his quote – “When I heard it, I didn’t puke” – scarcely counts as a ringing endorsement.
Today Let It Be is still seen as one of the weakest albums in the Beatle catalog – but then, this being the Beatles, that means there are only three or four immortal classics, plus a few more that would be high points in the catalogs of 98% of the world’s bands. Somehow, this dying gasp of an album, recorded in notoriously joyless circumstances, found its way into the hearts of millions; somehow, that’s where it was always meant to be.
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
Today’s set takes on an unusual twist: no bands. These are all nominally solo artists (one duo), though most have friends playing with them on cello, bass, or, in one case, pots and pans. For the truly solo approach, check out the bonus covers that all feature just a singer and a guitar.
Last month we saw St. Vincent cover the Pop Group’s “She Is Beyond Good and Evil” at a New York concert. The song has made regular appearances in her live sets ever since and last night she gave it its biggest airing yet on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. It’s of course the same basic performance, but it’s great to see it in such good quality.