Mar 082024

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


Duh duh de duh, dun dun dun da DEEEEE duh.
Duh duh de duh, dun dun dun da DEEEEE duh.

That “Sunshine of Your Love” riff has been rewiring my circuits all day, my ears thoroughly and efficiently wormed. Music writers Covach and Boone describe the riff as “blues-derived, using a minor blues pentatonic scale with an added flattened fifth note,” doncha know, and I can’t get rid of it. So I’m hoping it might help if I wrote about it. Otherwise that riff is going to stay with me ’til my seas are dried up.
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Mar 072011

This March, we pit 64 Beatles covers against each other in what we call Moptop Madness.

Yesterday’s winners: Coope, Boyes & Simpson, “Think for Yourself” and The Damned, “Help!”

Some unique matchups this morning. It’s the battle of the Bobs for match one as Bob Dylan’s live “Something” challenges Bobby McFerrin’s a cappella “Blackbird.” Then, for what will likely be the only time in the entire contest, two covers of the same song square off. Who does the better “Run for Your Life”: Cowboy Junkies or Spiers & Boden?

Listen to each pairing below, then vote for your favorite. For added sway, try to convince others to vote your way in the comments. Voting closes in 24 hours. Continue reading »