Aug 312023
Amanda Palmer and The Righteous Babes — The Last Day of our Acquaintance (Sinéad O’Connor cover)

You’re going to notice a theme here. We have the usual grab-bag included below (see “Best of the Rest”), but, for our featured covers up top, it’s all Sinéad. There were so many wonderful tributes performed, often in concert and always powerful and moving. Many did “Nothing Compares 2 U,” technically a Prince cover but really a Sinéad song now and forever, but others selected from elsewhere in her catalog. Of this one, which just came out Tuesday, Amanda Palmer wrote, “This song means a great deal to me, as does the artist who penned it, along with everything she still stands for.” A portion of the money from sales will be donated to The Irish Women’s Survivor Support Network. Continue reading »

Aug 112023
Third Eye Blind

In the wake of Sinead O’Connor‘s death, there have been a lot of covers of her songs, as you might expect. Many artists have defaulted to her most famous performance, her legendary cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Some bands have been going for deeper cuts, however.

One of those bands is, um, ’90s rock group Third Eye Blind, best known for their 1997 US Top 5 hit “Semi-Charmed Life.” Singer-songwriter Stephan Jenkins is also an infamous jerk, which makes the tribute and song choice more incongruous. The song is “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” Sinead’s follow-up single to “Nothing Compares 2 U.” A personal song about O’Connor’s experience with fame and pregnancy at the same time, it might seem like an odd choice for Jenkins. But, then again, given the song’s refrain, maybe not. Continue reading »

Jul 172019

Welcome to Cover Me Q&A, where we take your questions about cover songs and answer them to the best of our ability.

song at your funeral

Here at Cover Me Q&A, we’ll be taking questions about cover songs and giving as many different answers as we can. This will give us a chance to hold forth on covers we might not otherwise get to talk about, to give Cover Me readers a chance to learn more about individual staffers’ tastes and writing styles, and to provide an opportunity for some back-and-forth, as we’ll be taking requests (learn how to do so at feature’s end).

Today’s question, courtesy of Cover Me staffer Mike Misch: What’s a favorite song you learned about on Cover Me?
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Apr 052013

It’s hard to know what to expect from the AV Club’s Undercover series. With twenty-five cover performances each season, we’re treated to an interesting melange of genres and approaches, from the sincere to the weird to the bitingly sardonic. It’s always a surprise and always a treat, and Frontier Ruckus’s take on Third Eye Blind‘s “Semi-Charmed Life” is no exception. The band kicks off the track with a deep slow bass drum, singing saw, horns, and melancholic vocals that seem to fit the song’s themes more than the original ever did, before launching into Third Eye Blind’s pop-rock feel (with the addition of banjos!). Continue reading »

Oct 022012

For most, Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” brings to mind raunchy teen comedies of the 90s or one of the first NOW compilations. The upbeat and catchy song is hardly ever cited for its dark lyrics, which talk about crystal meth use and the inability to escape the addiction (yeah – Google it). The C’Mons, however, took a stripped down approach to the 90s anthem, revealing a little more of its darker tone. Continue reading »