May 282021
 

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

Roxanne covers

More red lights have been put on (or off, to be fair to the lyric) by “Roxanne” than you might imagine, and in as many shades you can imagine, varying from a lightly tinted rosé to a deep oaky claret. One of the most instantly recognizable songs of the Police canon, surprisingly few of the well over a hundred “Roxanne” covers listed on Secondhand Songs recreate the reggae-lite of the original. Whilst that might seem surprising, it shouldn’t be, as the song, stripped of the staccato chops of Andy Summers’ guitar, has a solid construction that translates well across many styles. Continue reading »

May 202011
 

There’s something to be said for versatility in an artist. Just like how there are so many actors-turned-directors, it seems we’re more often seeing artists-turned-producers/co-writers/etc. It makes sense. Aside from the sheer megalomania of fame, most artists want to have their fingers in as many ventures as possible simply because they know they’re good at what they do. The best of these know that they’re good at more than just what they made their names on in the first place. Continue reading »

Feb 072011
 

Fall Out Boy covering Tom Waits sounds like the stuff nightmares are made of. An entry for the next Punk Goes Creaky-Beat-Blues-Holler perhaps. At a recent live performance at Rolling Stone headquarters, though, FOB lead singer Patrick Stump paid homage to Waits with a left-field choice and a truly impressive delivery. Continue reading »