As a part of the DoReMeToo campaign, which involved female artists covering traditionally sexist songs, Kiwi musician Reb Fountain and Dresden Doll frontwoman Amanda Palmer contributed an outstanding and thought provoking mashup. The combination of Robin Thicke’s controversial hit “Blurred Lines” with Nirvana’s grunge anti-ballad “Rape Me” is a stroke of genius.
Although Robin Thicke‘s summer anthem “Blurred Lines” has caused some controversy with its racy video and less-than-consensual lyrics, it is still on constant rotation and is championed as a “feel good” sort of tune. Vampire Weekend took this to a new extreme with their goofy rendition of the song over on BBC 1 Radio Live Lounge.
Every Wednesday, our resident Gleek Eric Garneau gives his take on last night’s Glee covers.
After its post-Super Bowl spectacular, Glee resumed its regular Tuesday-night schedule with this week’s “Silly Love Songs.” As you might expect, that’s a Valentine’s Day-themed episode in which Coach Schuester directs the members of his glee club to partner up and sing their favorite love songs to each other. Strange teaching methods aside, what results is, like “The Sue Sylvester Shuffle,” another solid set of covers that spans a number of popular genres.
November is upon us. The temperature is dropping; the holidays are approaching; year’s end is visible on the horizon. Pretty soon we’ll have to start thinking about our Best Cover Songs of 2010 list (read 2009’s here). There are lots of contenders. If we did a Worst Cover Songs list though – well, I think we already have a winner!
Ironically, it’s from the same Quincy Jones tribute album that generated this morning’s terrific Amy Winehouse tune. Consider this the counter-balance. It’s T-Pain and Robin Thicke attempting Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).” One word: AutoTune. Lots of it. The non-computerized Thicke improves things marginally upon his appearance, but that isn’t a high bar. Listen below (if you dare).