Texas’s Toadies first broke through in 1994 with their classic “Possum Kingdom,” an anthem for rural stalker-murderers everywhere. Twenty years later, they’re still going strong with a new album, Heretics, out this month. It features reimagined versions of fan favorites including, yes, “Possum Kingdom,” plus plenty of songs with equally creepy titles like “Queen of Scars” and “Dollskin.” One song that wouldn’t seem as creepy is a cover of Blondie‘s “Heart of Glass” – but it turns out they made that dark too – similar to what they did with LCD Soundsystem a few years back.
A few months ago we posted about a lovely folk-infused cover of LCD Soundsystem‘s old favorite “Someone’s Great” by Fort Worth, TX band Toadies. The band released the cover for Record Store Day, just around the time that James Murphy was taking his final bow at Madison Square Garden. Now, the Toadies are back with a video for the song. It’s a live version of the cover recorded at the 2010 Dia De Los Toadies Festival, a festival founded and curated by the band that features all Texas artists (past artists have included Ben Kweller, The Secret Machines and The Heartless Bastards).
There has been a lot of focus on LCD Soundsystem lately due to the “band’s” final album and performance. Now that James Murphy is done putting out new music under the LCD moniker (with the occasional exception of a Franz Ferdinand cover), the best a fan can hope for is for some enterprising band to come along and breathe some new life into the old songs. For any bands thinking about trying, may I suggest using this Toadies cover as a blueprint?