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.

Nov 092020
 
karen o willie nelson

With the stress of election day now behind us, everyone in the US and beyond is blowing a collective sigh of relief (well, not everyone). Until the result was announced, the tension seemed almost at boiling point. Karen O and Willie Nelson’s duet cover of Queen’s classic hit “Under Pressure,” released just recently, attempts to provide a cool salve to the psyche. Continue reading »

Oct 262020
 
miley cyrus covers

In 2020, Miley Cyrus has spent lockdown reinventing herself, unleashing new old-school rockstar personal on her recent performances on MTV Unplugged and the Save our Stages Festival on Youtube. She covered a whopping seven songs over both performances – five in Unplugged and two in the SOS performance, her choices signaling her current touchstones. Continue reading »

Oct 062020
 
linying ccr

Released in 1971, Creedance Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” is one of their defining songs, summing up the sound of the band in a melodic yet gritty track. Singaporean singer Linying’s cover of the track adds a beautiful element of softness, translating the bitter and harsh tone of the lyrics into one of tranquility and sadness. Continue reading »

Sep 102020
 
the dresden dolls

I do enjoy when covers elevate a song out of it’s original environment and strengthens the power of the song itself. Indeed, this is what the Dresden Dolls (made up of Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione) have achieved with their cover of “I’m Going to Go Back There Someday,” originally from The Muppet Movie.

Currently residing in New Zealand, Palmer said in a tweet “this song’s about being homesick for something you don’t understand.” The cover doesn’t change much from the original – the slow ballad structure and sense of yearning is retained, but Palmer’s piano sounds more poignant and powerful considering the context in which it is now being sung. This is what good covers should do – take songs from one context, and make them perfectly describe another.

Separated by distance and by quarantine, the Dresden Dolls were meant to be collaborating for an album this year, but managed to record this cover and put it on Bandcamp to raise money for the Boston Resiliency Fund.

Listen to the track and purchase it over on Bandcamp.

 

Sep 012020
 
clash tribute

The Clash are arguably one of the pioneers of punk rock, laying down the formation for the next 50 years of punk and its derivatives. In honor of what would have been Clash lead signer Joe Strummer’s birthday last week, New Jersey-based alternative rock band Lost in Society have released the EP Casbah Club. The EP contains covers of three Clash songs: “Police on my Back”, “Rock the Casbah” and “Death or Glory.” Continue reading »