Jul 172019
 

Welcome to Cover Me Q&A, where we take your questions about cover songs and answer them to the best of our ability.

song at your funeral

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, courtesy of Cover Me staffer Mike Misch: What’s a favorite song you learned about on Cover Me?
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Apr 052013
 

It’s hard to know what to expect from the AV Club’s Undercover series. With twenty-five cover performances each season, we’re treated to an interesting melange of genres and approaches, from the sincere to the weird to the bitingly sardonic. It’s always a surprise and always a treat, and Frontier Ruckus’s take on Third Eye Blind‘s “Semi-Charmed Life” is no exception. The band kicks off the track with a deep slow bass drum, singing saw, horns, and melancholic vocals that seem to fit the song’s themes more than the original ever did, before launching into Third Eye Blind’s pop-rock feel (with the addition of banjos!). Continue reading »

Oct 022012
 

For most, Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” brings to mind raunchy teen comedies of the 90s or one of the first NOW compilations. The upbeat and catchy song is hardly ever cited for its dark lyrics, which talk about crystal meth use and the inability to escape the addiction (yeah – Google it). The C’Mons, however, took a stripped down approach to the 90s anthem, revealing a little more of its darker tone. Continue reading »