The last time we mentioned Twin Shadow aka George Lewis, Jr., he was performing Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” just one day after Reed’s death. He did it well enough for it to be named one of Cover Me’s favorite songs of 2013. Now he’s back and performing another throwback in the form of The Smiths‘ “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” for his monthly UNDER THE CVRS series.
When Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs recorded their first Under the Covers collaboration, they were surprised that it was released with the subtitle “Vol. 1.” Whatever genius at the Shout! Factory label chose to do that deserves a raise and a promotion, as it led Sweet and Hoffs to record two more volumes. Where Volume 1 consisted of songs based in the ’60s, and Volume 2 was made up of ’70s songs, Volume 3, released this week, is all about the ’80s, the decade when Hoffs came of age as a musician and Sweet wasn’t far behind.
Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.
Years ago, we said that the Smiths’ “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” might be a good candidate for the Five Good Covers department. Today, finally, we’re following through. Partly to atone for the delay, and partly because of the ridiculously high number of quality covers out there, we’re throwing in an extra three covers this time. Think of them as bonus tracks of what’s arguably the quintessential Smiths song.
Just because Morrissey just cancelled a slew of shows due to illness doesn’t mean you can’t get your daily Moz fix in a different way. Ballerina Black, a band that describes its sound as “Driving Mope-Rock” and “Grave-Wave,” covered “The Queen Is Dead,” from The Smiths‘ eponymous album, and we think Morrissey would be pleased with it (or whatever Morrissey’s equivalent of being pleased is.)
Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.
• Last month, the Rosebuds covered the Talking Heads. The choice was a natural – both groups deliver poppy, off-kilter melodies that worm into your head for days. Salt-n-Pepa, on the other hand, haven’t influenced Ivan and Kelly Rosebud one iota. They just re-released it for free on their new Bandcamp.
MP3: The Rosebuds – Push It (Salt-n-Pepa cover)
When it comes to classics like The Smiths’ “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” there is definitely no shortage of covers, good and bad. The key, it seems, to covering a classic is being able to respect and capture the original, while also finding a way to add a little something new to the song. While this isn’t always an easy task, singer-songwriter Pickering Pick does a great job in his recent cover of The Smiths’ classic.