May 012020

‘The Best Ever’ series counts down our favorite covers of great artists.

john prine covers

Are there any bad John Prine covers?

I mean, sure, there are bad covers of anyone worth covering. But it struck me going through the many candidates for this list that they mostly ranged from transcendent on the high end to pretty good on the low. “Pretty good” was about as bad as it got! I don’t think you could say that for anyone else we’ve featured in this series. Continue reading »

Jul 062010

Song of the Day posts one cool cover every morning. Catch up on past installments here.

Pub-rock heroes the Pogues are very much known for frontman Shane MacGowan’s antics on and off the stage. The man with the worst teeth in music must be the only singer to have a separate Wikipedia section for “Self-destructive behavior.” What would the Pogues be without Shane MacGowan?

They would be this. “Tuesday Morning” comes from their 1993 album Waiting for Herb, the first disc recorded without Shane. Any band losing their frontman is problematic, but a band losing as charismatic a leader as MacGowan threatened to be devastating. It’s Van Halen without David Lee Roth, Black Sabbath without Ozzy Osbourne, the Grateful Dead without Jerry Garcia.
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