Jun 222011

Athens, Georgia: Birthplace of all your favorite underground bands in the ‘80s. R.E.M., the B-52s, and Neutral Milk Hotel have waved the Athens flag high, but a whole host of B-list bands also called the college town home. One of these is Pylon, a band who even their more-famous brethren assert never got quite the acclaim they deserved. When Rolling Stone named R.E.M. the best band in America in 1987, drummer Bill Berry responded, “We’re not the best rock ‘n’ roll band in America, Pylon are.”

Now a much younger band is coming along to preach the gospel of Pylon. It’s Deerhunter, from only 90 minutes away in Atlanta, covering Pylon’s debut 1979 single “Cool.” Bradford Cox adds a distorted edge to the tune, but keeps things grounded with the same jangly guitar riff. Listen to it below. The song comes off Cover + Remix, a 7″ by Deerhunter and Calvinist – aka. music critic Sasha Frere-Jones – due next Tuesday on DFA Records. (via Pitchfork)

Deerhunter – Cool (Pylon cover)

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  1. Thanks for posting this. I can always count on Cover Me to well Cover Me when it comes to the cover songs.

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