Jun 302021
 
best cover songs of june
Adia Victoria – On and On (Erykah Badu cover)

Adia Victoria recorded this powerful Badu cover for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. She said of the time she discovered the song, “I was looking for something that was bigger and deeper and felt more warm than the idea of a Christian God. And I dove into my imagination. And the first time I heard ‘on and on’ it felt like Erykah Badu was waiting for me to be her there.” Continue reading »

Apr 302021
 

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

Lesley Gore

Lesley Gore wasn’t the first to record “It’s My Party” (that would be Helen Shapiro), but she definitely made the greatest impact with it. The tale of Judy and Johnny having to go and spoil everything sounded not like it once happened to Gore, but like she was a high school junior (which she was) going through it in the moment, a moment that was extended in her answer song “Judy’s Turn to Cry.” The song has maintained its hold on the cultural landscape; to this day, if someone says “It’s my party,” someone else is sure to respond “and I’ll cry if I want to.”

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Jan 102014
 

Under the Radar shines a light on lesser-known cover artists. If you’re not listening to these folks, you should. Catch up on past installments here.

Rasputina are number one in a field of one (unless you know of other steampunk cellist trios), but the territory they carved out for themselves has proven to be a touchstone for any artists who want to marry goth to chamber-pop. Melora Creager is the band’s sole constant, and she and her compatriots have been donning Victorian duds and partying like it’s 1799 for over two decades now.
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Aug 242012
 

Cover Classics takes a closer look at all-cover albums of the past, their genesis, and their legacy.

It must have been a real drag to be young and watch the whole love and peace era go down the drain. JFK, dead. MLK, dead. Paul McCartney, dead. The music of the turn-on-tune-in-drop-out generation had become so absorbed with its own self-importance that the weight was too much to carry, especially with the early ’70s promising no bright future “comin’ up around the bend.” Bryan Ferry‘s These Foolish Things, one of two all-covers albums released in October 1973 (David Bowie‘s Pin-Ups was the other), served as a healthy reminder that these hippie anthems and cultural touchstones are, after all, pop songs. Continue reading »

Jun 232011
 

Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.

Heike Has the Giggles hail from the tiny town of Solarolo, Italy, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt about that horrid band name. Thankfully, their funky alt-rock take on Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” shows better judgement.
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Nov 022010
 

It’s been a while since we’ve heard new music from Amy Winehouse. Like, try four years. She claims to be hard at work on a follow-up to Back in Black, but we’ve seen this act before. Well, she’s back (for now at least). This new track suggests maybe she’s been in the studio after all! It’s Winehouse singing Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party” for the upcoming album Q: Soul Bossa Nostra, a tribute to producing legend Quincy Jones, who initially discovered Gore.

Needless to say, it’s very different from the stripped-down version we debuted Friday. Or, for that matter, the other stripped-down version we named Best Cover Song of 2009. With old partner-in-crime Mark Ronson in the producer’s seat, this song fits her old-school soul sound perfectly. She even drops a girl-power monologue in the middle. The woman hasn’t lost a step! Check it out. Continue reading »