Brendan Shanahan

Brendan works and lives in Adelaide, Australia. Interested in all kinds of music (there are few he won't listen to), he's trying to find the best album in the world through the process of elimination. He's interested in covers that re-invigorate and elevate the original song, rather than those just used as filler (I'm looking at you 50s and 60s pop music albums!) Follow him on twitter.

May 172022
wolf alice sense

For the latest iteration of Triple J’s ‘Like a Version’, English alternative rock band Wolf Alice covered one of Australian rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard’s more popular tracks “Sense.” The original version came from King Gizzard’s 2015 album Paper Mâché Dream Balloon which was recorded almost entirely with acoustic instruments, leading to a very folksy, 1960s pop style sound.

Wolf Alice bassist Theo Ellis said about their cover, “If you put [the song] in a different style of production and had a modern pop star singing it, I think it would be a chart hit. I think exploring that is one of the funnest aspects of doing this cover.” And indeed, this cover explores the idea. Lead singer Ellie Rowsell’s vocal is clear and crisp, and the catchy groove of the original is maintained. The rest of the band contribute with piano lines and guitar melodies that makes this song feel like it could be a Top 40 hit.


Apr 182022
baker boy song 2

I did a Triple J “Like a Version” cover in my last post too – just because I’m Cover Me’s Australian correspondent doesn’t mean I’m trying to hog them! But in the latest edition of this long running series, one of Australia’s most popular Indigenous artists, Baker Boy, does a truly stunning version of Blur’s classic “Song 2.” Continue reading »

Apr 042022
benee god is a woman

For Australian radio station Triple J’s long running Like a Version segment, New Zealand singer-songwriter Benee provided a version of Ariana Grande’s hit “God is a Woman.” Some of Benee’s previous solo tracks have been upbeat and poppy affairs, so it was a brilliant choice to slow down this track into a more soulful sound. Continue reading »

Mar 222022
amenra kathleen

Ahead of the release of the third volume of Townes Van Zandt’s cover albums, Songs of Townes Van Zandt, Belgian sludge-metal band Amenra have released a cover of Van Zandt’s dark ballad “Kathleen.”

The original is a dark and moody country track, with gentle finger-picked guitar and well timed swells of a string section adding to the the ambiance. Amenra have kept the soft guitar, but have underscored it with a foreboding cello melody, and slightly off-centre keyboard drones. The result is a ballad that just sounds menacing. While Van Zandt’s track had the potential for something to go wrong, this new cover indicates that danger is very much ahead.

Mar 072022
san cisco wiggles

March 11 sees the release of a new Rewiggled compliation album, a sequel to the 2011 album of the same name, where The Wiggles will provide a side of covers, and have their songs covered by other artists. Ahead of the album launch, indie pop group San Cisco has released their cover of “H.O.L.I.D.A.Y,” which will appear on the album. Continue reading »