Apr 132016

Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.

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“These Days” was written by an old soul of sixteen, Jackson Browne, several years before he released an album of his own. The melancholy ballad was originally released on the 1967 album Chelsea Girl (a reference to Andy Warhol’s 1966 film Chelsea Girls) by the singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, musician, fashion model, actress, and ’60s counterculture queen, Nico. It may have been Browne’s song, but Nico was the first to put a stamp on it, and her stamp was an indelible one.

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Sep 282011

Tyler Ramsey, best known as the lead guitarist for alt-rockers Band of Horses, released his third album of mellow solo acoustic tracks this week, entitled The Valley Wind. In anticipation of the release date, Tyler performed a chapel session for I Am Fuel You Are Friends, playing tracks from the record, including a cover of the modern pop standard “All Through The Night.” Written by Pittsburgh singer-songwriter Jules Shear, the song has already been covered by the likes of The Cars and, most famously, Cyndi Lauper on her 1984 debut. Lauper’s recording became a Top 10 single in May 1984, making it one of her most famous songs and even prompting an acoustic re-recording in 2005 that featured a bewildering rap verse from Shaggy. Continue reading »