Nov 042010

A lot of the most-covered songs of 2010 are predictable: “Tik Tok.” “Teenage Dream.” “Fuck You.” But one dark horse keeps popping its head up: Peter Gabriel’s 1986 “Mercy Street.” Why this song? Why now? Sure, Gabriel’s recent covers album explains a spate of Gabriel covers, but “Mercy Street” is hardly one of his most famous songs. Heck, it isn’t even one of the most famous songs on the eight-tune album from which it originates!

Maybe it was only a matter of time before this song earned its place in the sun, though. Elbow first shined the light on “Mercy Street,” in a harmony-heavy companion to Gabriel’s cover of their “Mirrorball.” Fever Ray followed it up with a far spookier version a couple months ago. Now Los Angeles keyboardist/producer Spotlight, Floodlight bridges the spooky-pretty divide with a jangling synth crawl. Rob Dickinson of the Catherine Wheel assists on vocals. Stream and download it below.

Stream & Download: Spotlight, Floodlight ft. Rob Dickinson – Mercy Street (Peter Gabriel cover)

Check out more Spotlight, Floodlight at his website or MySpace.

Cover Me is now on Patreon! If you love cover songs, we hope you will consider supporting us there with a small monthly subscription. There are a bunch of exclusive perks only for patrons: playlists, newsletters, downloads, discussions, polls - hell, tell us what song you would like to hear covered and we will make it happen. Learn more at Patreon.

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>