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.

Dec 152022
dead pony maneater

Up and coming British indie-rockers Dead Pony’s latest single is a rocked up version of Nelly Furtado’s mid 00s classic “Maneater.” Said the band: “Maneater was always one of those iconic songs and I remember thinking it was so cool and fun. At the time we recorded it we were listening to a lot of early 00’s music like N.E.R.D, Justin Timberlake & Limp Bizkit so we took a lot of influence from those sounds.” Continue reading »

Nov 212022
dune rats cover

For a recent iteration of Triple J’s Like a version series, Aussie indie-rockers Dune Rats covered one of Australia’s all time best punk songs “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” by the Angels.

Joining them in covering this are a number of well known friends: vocalist Anna from Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, singer-songwriter Ruby Fields, guitarist Jackson from Beddy Rays, vocalist Kelly from TOTTY, and to make it even more special, John and Rick Brewster, members of The Angels. Continue reading »

Nov 102022
olivia rodrigo you're so vain

In honour of Carly Simon’s induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame over the weekend, Olivia Rodrigo was tasked with performing one of Simon’s biggest hits “You’re So Vain” for the induction ceremony. The cover itself is very straightforward, as you’d expect for a ceremony of this type – Rodrigo’s voice is on fully display here, and seemed to be a good choice for the track, given her track “good 4 u” being of similar sentiment. Continue reading »

Nov 072022
kelly clarkson the middle

For the latest edition of the ‘Kellyoke” segment as a part of her daytime talk show, Kelly Clarkson covered one of the early ’00s biggest hits, “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World. While the cover itself is relatively straight forward (as it probably should be, The Kelly Clarkson Show does go out in the middle of the day, we can’t have moms completely losing their minds), Clarkson’s version does highlight the lyricism of the original song. Continue reading »

Oct 232022
tove lo dancing on my own

On the latest edition of Triple J’s Like a Version series, Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo contributed a soulful version of fellow Swede Robyn‘s ‘Dancing On My Own’.

Tove Lo said of the cover: “Lyrically, it’s so simple, so clear, you really picture – like you can really see it in front of you….I just remember that feeling of like, frustration and still hopefulness that’s tied into the song somehow.” And it’s these elements that come through crystal clear in her cover.

Accompanied by a soft piano, Lo slows the song right down, allowing her powerful and pitch perfect voice to carry the lyrics and sentiment of the track. This turns the track from a dancefloor banger into a gentle song for the early hours, for contemplation or finding solace over a nightcap.

Check out the cover below.

Sep 132022
dnce hilary duff

A Hilary Duff single is not one that is regularly given (or ever, I would think) the cover treatment, but dance-rock band DNCE have done just that.

Released as a 50 second clip on Tiktok, Joe Jonas’s current band show that the very 2000s-sounding original may actually have been a sleeping banger after all. Stripped back to just a vocal, simple drums (the man is hitting an empty tissue box) and an acoustic guitar, the track sounds like it could slot into any upbeat cafe or bar playlist.

Check out the cover below:

@dnce LET THE RAIN FALL DOWN 🌧 WE’RE COMING CLEAN @hilaryduff ♬ original sound – DNCE