Jul 122024

Full Albums features covers of every track off a classic album. Got an idea for a future pick? Leave a note in the comments!

Nebraska covers

A Full Album post of covers of Nebraska? Surely, you say, Cover Me has done this before. Well, I have checked, and whilst we have published posts about officially released full album versions of Born in the U.S.A., Darkness on the Edge of Town, and Tunnel of Love, as well as our Best Ever of Bruce covers piece, and even reviews of Nebraska tribute albums here and there and here again, we actually haven’t. So then, cometh the day, and this man’s job is to find ten Nebraska covers, one of each song, while avoiding as much duplication as is possible. You up for that?
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Jul 112024
water from your eyes

Water From Your Eyes are a fairly unclassifiable (100 Gecs meets post-punk maybe?) duo who released their debut album on Matador last year. Their sound is nothing but left turns, so it figures that their new cover is a wildly unexpected choice too too. They covered Chumbawamba…but not the one Chumbawamba song everyone covers. Instead, they covered a different song from Tubthumper. Not even one of the failed “Tubthumping” follow-up singles either. They went even deeper, to one of the album’s many unknown gems (it was my first CD so maybe I’m biased, but it’s a good album!): “The Good Ship Lifestyle.” Continue reading »

Jul 092024
Rachel Chinouriri

Rachel Chinouriri is an alt/indie singer-songwriter, who performed at the Glastonbury festival this year. Another act at Glastonbury? Coldplay. So she recored a cover of “The Scientist” to celebrate.

As it turns out, the artist has a large amount of reverence for Coldplay because of a personal experience. In an interview, she once stated:

“Coldplay, like, saved my life. I was 13 and going through that the worst time ever as I was in a racist secondary school, but Coldplay was one thing that kept me going,” she had told the publication The Forty-Five. “I have this love and connection with Coldplay that is just endless, and no one can ever change my mind. I don’t care what music that they put out; I don’t want to hear a single thing about them that is bad.”

As Chinouriri began singing, the notes flowed out effortlessly. Even if one didn’t know the relationship the artist has with Coldplay, the purity with which “The Scientist” was delivered told all. This version is a near-genre swap. The vocals have moments of light and airy jazz riffs, and the instrumental introduction is unexpected, with its panned electronic eighth notes (that tickle the brain just right). As we phase in, the beat gets solidified and the arrangement becomes more similar to the original, while the heartfelt and gentle vocals continue to offer a direct contrast to the Coldplay version.

Jul 082024
isobel campbell why worry

Scotswoman Isobel Campbell’s individualistic approach to indie chamber pop has kept her thriving in the music industry for nearly 30 years. Her cello and voice act in synergy on her solo material, but also work in a wide range of collaborations, from her breakthrough with Belle and Sebastian through to her hugely successful collaborations with Mark Lanegan. For her new album Bow to Love, she has covered “Why Worry” from Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms. Continue reading »

Jul 052024

Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.

The United Kingdom woke up to a new Prime Minister on Friday. We don’t yet know what kind of Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer will be, but we know a little of his music tastes, thanks to a recent profile: “His music tastes are lodged in the mid-80s – Aztec Camera, Orange Juice, Edwyn Collins.” Edwyn Collins?

“Edwyn Collins’s tart cocktail of self-deprecation and self-assurance.” Pete Paphides’ beautiful, magnificent book Broken Greek is a love letter to the music that moves him, regardless of whether it does so for anyone else, or even if others in vast numbers appreciate it. He is not a snob. His musical awakening took place in the late ’70s or early ’80s, so we get some wonderful prose about Orange Juice, the band that Edwyn Collins led before his solo career. Orange Juice’s small output, and fewer hits, nevertheless had a disproportionate influence on music in Scotland and beyond. A recent history and museum exhibit of Scottish pop was named “Rip It Up” after the band’s best-known single. Edwyn Collins had something about him, a big fish in a small Scottish Loch.

After Orange Juice split, Collins continued to be a vital cog in the machine of the Scottish music scene. He produced creditable collaborations with, for instance, Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins and Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera. All recognized his talent, not least himself, but it did not always translate itself to hits.

That changed in 1995 with the release of “A Girl Like You.” The worldwide hit encompasses a remarkable range of Collins’ skills and influences. Those who studied the success of the UK dance phenomenon Northern Soul identified that 121bpm is the most danceable pace for music, leading to dozens of hits at that exact pace in the charts of the ’90s. This song cleaves close to that ideal, and even samples a sixties soul classic.

But there is more. Collins uses a B&M Fuzzbox to achieve the distinctive riff, but enhances the refrain with a clean-sounding vibraphone. Sex Pistol Paul Cook played the drums that are not part of the four-on-the-floor sample. It is a sophisticated musical confection, worthy of the finest Viennese Patisserie. And then there are the lyrics, which add a layer of universality. Who has not started a romance with the belief that their partner is unique? With an unparalleled set of lovely traits, never combined in a single, heavenly creation. That moves everyone.

The song managed to conquer several markets, and chart in many more. It was helped on its way, curiously, by featuring on the critically mauled but subsequently cult film Empire Records. The lyrical message and place in time have enabled it to feature in several more films and TV shows, and have kept the song in the imagination and indie channel playlists ever since.

In 2005 Collins suffered a cerebral haemorrhage, and was near death, and the after-effects of that illness have affected him ever since. However, with the love and support of his family, he returned to music making, including live performances, where his talent and self-belief continue to shine through.

His best-known legacy has spawned many covers; here are Five of the Best of them.
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Jun 272024
aloe blacc covers

Aloe Blacc (Aka Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III) is a versatile musician/rapper. After being featured in Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” he became very well known. And recently? The artist has been covering loads of classic songs. Think: “Seven Nation Army” and “Black Hole Sun.” Continue reading »