Indie rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus recorded a nostalgic cover of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” for Sirius XMU Sessions ahead of the release of her new record Home Video, which features a myriad of songs that mine her childhood experiences (and literal teenage journal entries) for inspiration. In a conversation with Esquire around her song “VBS” (a.k.a. Vacation Bible School), Dacus recalls how Snow Patrol’s often-shunned hit song — an ur-text of ‘00s indie-pop — become an inadvertent light for her as a young listener. Speaking about a particularly strict pastor-counselor, Dacus said, “He had us all get our iPods out and delete all the songs on them that weren’t Christian music. But I fought for ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol.”
In Memoriam pays tribute to those who have left this world, and the songs they left us to remember them by.
Michael Hutchence was born to be a frontman. With hair and shirtlessness that would make Jim Morrison proud, and a singing style that could be both passionate and cool in equal measures, Hutchence helped the songs of INXS stand out; they’re clearly from the ‘80s, but timeless in a way that most hits of the decade can’t claim.
Back in August, the Vaccines covered Katy Perry’s #1 hit “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” at the BBC Live Lounge. Today Snow Patrol hit the Lounge and gave their take on the tune. Their version leans heavier on the electronics than the Vaccines’ somewhat garagey version, making the two a pretty good pairing.
We just posted new U2 covers by the Killers, Nine Inch Nails, and Depeche Mode a few hours ago, so we won’t rehash the details again. Q Magazine’s Achtung Baby tribute album is out now and so are the rest of the covers. Listen to the new recordings by Snow Patrol, Patti Smith, the Fray, Glasvegas, and Gavin Friday below, then pick up the magazine and CD here.
Artists who contributed to the new John Martyn tribute album had a lot of options when choosing a track to cover; Martyn released twenty albums during his forty-plus year career. Thirty artists covered a song from Martyn’s expansive catalog to create Johnny Boy Would Love This: A Tribute to John Martyn. The British singer-songwriter, best known for his unique style on guitar, had a career that spanned genres from folk to jazz to rock and his music touched artists old and new. We previewed contributions from Beck, David Gray, and others earlier this month; now the complete album is available.
The remarkable scope of Johnny Boy Would Love This is an asset in that the album offers a rich, diverse group of tracks from well-respected artists. However, similarities between many tracks give the feeling that the collection could have been more carefully curated. Both discs are disproportionately populated with gentle, introspective covers; all the tracks respectfully pay tribute to Martyn, but not all offer something unique to the collection. There are, however, a selection of standouts among the thirty songs that make Johnny Boy Would Love This a worthwhile purchase for Martyn fans.
Last month, we heard the first cut from upcoming John Martyn tribute album Johnny Boy Would Love This. Today we have seven more to check out, from some of the album’s heaviest hitters. John Martyn may not be a household name, but these cuts should help breathe new life into many near-forgotten gems.