Apr 102018

That’s A Cover? explores cover songs that you may have thought were originals.

dont let me be misunderstood covers

Nina Simone will be posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend. To anyone counting, that is 24 years after the Animals were inducted. And they wouldn’t have had one of their most enduring hits without her.

Though Animals frontman Eric Burdon is a fine songwriter in his own right, he didn’t write the majority of the band’s biggest 1960s hits. “We Gotta Get out of This Place” was written by the iconic Brill Building duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and originally intended for the Righteous Brothers. “It’s My Life” also came out of the Brill stables, written for the band by lesser-known duo of Roger Atkins and Carl D’Errico. And “House of the Rising Sun” was a traditional cover Burdon learned off of Bob Dylan’s first record. Continue reading »

Oct 262017
free covers album

Ten years ago today, I had a whim.

I was studying abroad one semester and found myself with a lot of free time – school work was light, and a college student’s budget limited my international explorations – so I decided to start a blog. A second blog actually, since for several years I had run a personal blog of concert reviews and bootleg downloads called Dylan, Etc (it had more “Dylan” than it did “Etc”). I’d fallen in love with the cover song after hearing Bob Dylan (who else) play a revelatory cover of “Summertime” on his short-lived radio show. I’d already hosted a Cover Me college radio show, and decided to expand us to the World Wide Web.

These were the days of the so-called “MP3 blog,” which included a vibrant subgenre of cover-songs blogs. That’s right, I’d like to claim credit for inventing the category, but I didn’t – not even close. RIP to Copy Right?, Cover Freak, Fong Songs, and the rest of the pioneers – and shoutout to our fellow survivors from that era, Coverville, which was releasing podcasts before most people knew what that word meant, and the folk blog Cover Lay Down, which began around the same time as us.

A lot has changed over the past decade. We’ve published 3,564 posts as of this one. Oh, and did you notice the pronoun change there? Cover Me is no longer an “I” – it’s a “we”, with over 60 writers contributing over the years. We’ve grown from an ugly Blogspot to our spiffy own domain (which is overdue for a redesign itself, frankly). And in case the large banner ads all over the site weren’t clue enough, I just released a book also called Cover Me, which – back-patting alert – Variety called “one of the best multi-subject music books to come down the pike in years.”

We wanted to do something special to celebrate our tenth birthday. And we wanted to celebrate not just ourselves, but celebrate the cover song itself. So we put together this little album Cover Me Turns 10: A Covers Tribute to Covers as a gift to our readers. We contacted several dozen of our musician friends and asked them to cover a cover. That is, to honor the many great songs we might not even know without an iconic cover – Aretha Franklin reinventing Otis Redding’s “Respect,” Quiet Riot amplifying Slade’s call to feel the noize, Prince learning that nothing compares 2 Sinéad O’Connor.

We’re honored that so many of our favorite musicians contributed, and frankly speechless at how great a job they did. So speechless, in fact, that we asked them all to introduce their own work with a few sentences. A million thanks to all of them, and also to Cover Me writer and art whiz Sean Balkwill for designing the lovely – ahem – cover. The whole thing is free to download at Bandcamp until downloads run out, and free to stream forever.

Enough chatter from me. For ten years this blog has been all about celebrating the music and we’re not going to stop now. Thanks for taking this journey with us.

– Ray Padgett
Cover Me Founder Continue reading »

Oct 112011

It’s a rare enough thing to get a full covers album based on a conceptual theme. It is a once-in-a-lifetime cover album when that theme is space and the artist is the man who has boldly gone where no man has gone before. Canadian-born actor, musician, author, producer, and director, William Shatner, aka Captain James T. Kirk from the ’60s TV series Star Trek, is that man.

Set for release this Tuesday October 11, Shatner’s Seeking Major Tom will be available as a one volume digital download, two CDs and three vinyl LP set. The album is being released along with his new book Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large. Continue reading »

Jan 092010

Cover News is a weekly feature keeping you up to date on the goings-on in the world of cover tunes, tribute albums, etc. Plus, at the bottom we post the array of cover tunes we’ve been sent in the past week. Have you recorded a cool cover? Send an mp3 to the email address on the right and we’ll post it!

This Week’s News

New Facebook Discussion: Favorite Elvis Cover. [Facebook]

In honor of the King’s birthday, indie-dance troubadour Lightspeed Champion covers Presley’s “Devil in Disguise.” The song’s pretty good, but the video may be the greatest thing you’ll see all year. [NME]

The New Years Eve covers keep rolling in. Up first: Amanda Palmer’s devastating “Hurt” with the Boston Pops. [YouTube]

Chicago favorites Local H started 2010 with seven space-themed covers tackling everyone from Daft Punk to KISS. [Archive.org]

Heading to Vancouver in February? Skip the Olympics and check out a Neil Young tribute concert featuring Lou Reed, Broken Social Scene, Mark Kozelek and more. [Exclaim]

The new movie Old Dogs (by the same visionaries who brought you Wild Hogs) features John Travolta covering Bobby Brown. No way that’ll be bad! [YouTube]

A lot can be said about Nick Jonas’ new band, but one thing’s for sure: they’re better than the JoBros. At the first show of their new tour they slammed out some Michael Jackson. [Ace Showbiz]

The ever-productive folks at CLLCT have put together a new tribute album to Jonathan Richman for your downloading pleasure. Worth it for the name alone. [CLLCT]

Emo screamers Thrice go all mellow on a gospel-tinged Tom Waits cover. [Daytrotter]

Journeyman musician Jack White’s latest project: Producing Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson in covers of Amy Winehouse and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. [Rolling Stone]

Willie Nelson’s latest album features covers of songs from the 1920s through ‘60s, including the country classic “Dark As a Dungeon.” [Willie Nelson]

Nada Surf’s churning out a covers record too, tackling slightly more modern tunes from Kate Bush to the Moody Blues. There’s already a demo of their take on Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” streaming on their MySpace. [MySpace]

This Week’s Submissions

Brian Grosz – Lick My Love Pump (Spinal Tap) [more]

Natubella – N.I.B. (Black Sabbath) [more]