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.

Jul 202021
 
dee gees

For this July’s Record Store Day release, the Foo Fighters went disco, releasing the Hail Satin LP, consisting of Bee Gees covers and a live set of tracks from their latest studio album, Medicine at Midnight. Under the moniker of the Dee Gees, the Foos released a video for “You Should Be Dancing.” Continue reading »

Jun 292021
 

Yeah. So. This is pretty much what it says on the tin. YouTuber RamsesthePigeon’s original take on the A-ha classic ‘Take on Me’ sees him smacking, slapping and flicking his face to recreate the track. It really is a sight to behold.

The song builds slowly as he introduces each blow to his face that results in a different sound within the track. Funnily enough, this track reminded me of an Australian busker, Pipe Guy, who plays house and techno using a thong (that’s a flip-flop to you Americans) and an intricate series of PVC pipes. At its height, Ramses is taking multiple wallops to the face per second and really makes you wonder what his cheeks looked like after that day of shooting.

Check out the very painful rendition below:

Jun 182021
 
skatune redbone

Skanking holds a small place in my heart as one of the only styles of dance I can not only do, but don’t feel self conscious doing.  Thank goodness then that Skatune’s version of Childish Gambino’s hit track “Redbone” gives me an excuse to skank again!

While Gambino’s version is a slow, deep funk track, Skatune’s version is…well, that typical upbeat ska sound. The track is given a sense of urgency, moving the song away its slow dance roots towards a belter for skanking to in a mosh pit. The original melody isn’t really even there – you’d only know the track is “Redbone” after a few lines of the lyrics. There’s even a horn section solo in place of the original synth portion of the track to fully complete the Ska takeover. Continue reading »

Jun 162021
 
sunset rollercoaster

Sometimes reinventing a track means finding a new sound from the elements of old ones. This is certainly the approach that Taiwanese rock group Sunset Rollercoaster took with their cover of  ‘小薇’ (translated to ‘Xiao Wei’), which was originally popularized by Taiwanese singer Huang Pin Yuan. The original track was written and performed by Adi ‘N’ the Brothers in 2000 before Huang’s cover in 2002 brought it to mainstream attention. It remains one of his most well-known songs in Taiwan. Continue reading »

Jun 072021
 
big freedia judas

To celebrate Lady Gaga’s seminal 2011 album Born this Way turning 10 this year, the album is being re-released with a bonus disc of covers performed by prominent LGBTQIA+ artists. The first track to be released from this bonus disc is Big Freedia’s cover of “Judas,” the second single released from Born this Way. Continue reading »

Jun 012021
 
blackpink ikon

As a part of the Korean reality TV show Kingdom: Legendary War, K-pop boy band iKON performed a brash and booming cover of BLACKPINK’s hit “Pretty Savage,” which they titled “Classy Savage.” Some of the instrumental elements have been stripped away, leaving the big beat of the original song, making their tightly choreographed dancing shine. Continue reading »