Project Mixtape Week: Friday Cover Songs

by Jeff on September 25, 2009 · 3 comments

in Friday Cover Songs,Stuff I Like

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1. Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler cover) – Tori Amos

2. Careless Whisper (WHAM! cover) – Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright

3. Girlfriend In A Coma (The Smiths cover) – Joshua Radin

4. Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen cover) – Teagan and Sara

5. In Between Days (The Cure cover) – Ben Folds

6. Send Me An Angel (Real Life cover) – Dirty On Purpose

7. Refugee (Tom Petty cover) – Melissa Etheridge

8. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper cover) – Ben Gibbard

9. Lovers In A Dangerous Time (Bruce Cockburn cover) – Barenaked Ladies

10. Kangaroo (Big Star cover) – Bat For Lashes

11. I Want A New Drug (Huey Lewis and the News cover) – Glen Phillips

12. When Doves Cry (Prince cover) – Damien Rice

13. People Are Strange (The Doors cover) – Echo and the Bunnymen

14. Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits cover) – The Killers

15. Jessie’s Girl (Rick Springfield cover) – OK Go

16. Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler cover) – The Dan Band

Three of these tracks have been featured in FCS posts before, I know. But I really like them. Heck, I could have probably done nothing but Cure covers (OK Go also has a rather insubstantial cover of The Lovecats floating around, and Bat For Lashes has an interesting take on A Forest).

Notes:

Track 6: Wait, it’s not “Simian Angel?” Huh.

Track 9: I dig Bruce Cockburn’s songs, but the overly synth-y feel of his early stuff, like “Lovers In A Dangerous Time,” suits neither his protest folk (“If I Had A Rocket Launcher,” for instance) or his more ballad-y fare. BNL, on the other hand, nails the song, and this version of it is one of my favorites on a desert-island level.

Track 10: Okay, I know that Alex Chilton’s band was completely inactive during the 80s, but I’m just sneaking this on here. First, Natasha Kahn just has a Voice, and it has that same ethereal quality to it that I love about Lourdes Hernandez (aka Russian Red). Second, “Kangaroo” is my fave Big Star song.

Track 12: If you’ve not heard Australian radio station Triple J’s “Like A Version” compilations and you’re a cover enthusiast, you are Missing Out. This is from one of the discs. Damien Rice also has a cover of “Creep” aka The Radiohead Song That People Who Are Really Into Radiohead Don’t Like, a song I have enough versions of to warrant its own post in the future.

Track 13: A cover from the 80s, not an 80s cover, this breaks the rules, too. Rules are made to be broken. Plus, who doesn’t love The Lost Boys.

Track 14: Because who doesn’t love Empire Records (or Hot Fuzz, for that matter?) This track isn’t what I’d expect from The Killers at all.

Track 16: The circle completes itself. A live version of that seminal cover from Old School‘s wedding band.

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dasmondhaschen September 25, 2009 at 6:51 pm

this is excellent. DAMN YOU.

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