Some Covers For Saturday Part VI

Just as it says on the tin…

Was never into boy bands of the nineties, just represented everything I couldn’t stand then or now…so what was it about this tune?

Wedding Present – Back For Good.’ mp3 (Take That cover, obviously)

The Breeders cover of The Who’s So Sad About Us may well have been a dig at the fact that the Pixies (this was 1992) were about to call it a day for a decade, as it were.

The Breeders -‘So Sad About Us.’ mp3 (The Who cover)

I’m not sure where I picked up this mp3, but it’s a Pavement song done by Cat Power. Hooray!

Cat Power -‘We Dance.’ mp3(Pavement cover)

The Pet Shop Boys are geniuses. Carter USM knew this too:

Carter USM -‘Rent.’ mp3 (Pet Shop Boys cover)

Is the original artist or the cover the guiltier pleasure here? Discuss…Oh, and if anyone can send me the cover of Hot Chocolate’s Emma done by The Sisters Of Mercy (yes, you DID read that correctly), the address is on the top right hand side of this blog).

Cud -‘You Sexy Thing.’ mp3 (Hot Chocolate cover)

And finally, something completely different…

Grace Jones -‘La Vie En Rose.’ mp3 (Edith Piaf cover) (and yes, that’s Grace Jones at the top)

See you tomorrow…

UPDATE: thanks to all the readers who sent me the Sisters of Mercy’s cover of Emma, especially Craig who sent it to be three times. Here it is:

Sisters Of Mercy -‘Emma.’ mp3(Hot Chocolate cover)

…and in the unlikely event that anyone can help with sourcing a copy of the Sisters of Mercy playing ‘He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands’ (someone I knew had this years ago on a cassette, supposedly from the 1987 Glastonbury festival but I could have misunderstood that) please let me know.

Some Covers For Sunday I

Well, yesterday’s covers post seemed to have been a hit and I thought I’d repost some tracks I’d been asked to, as well as a few I haven’t posted here before.

Belle and Sebastian -‘Final Day (Young Marble Giants).’ mp3

Jeff Buckley -‘Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover).’ mp3

Breeders -‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun (The Beatles cover).’ mp3

CSS – ‘One Way Or Another (Blondie cover).’ mp3

Pop Will Eat Itself -‘Games Without Frontiers (Peter Gabriel cover).’ mp3

Sia -‘I Go To Sleep (The Kinks cover).’ mp3

Raincoats -‘Lola (The Kinks cover).’ mp3

Slits -‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye cover).’

Schneider TM -‘The Light 3000 (cover of The Smiths There Is A Light That Never Goes Out).’ mp3

This Mortal Coil -‘Song To the Siren (Tim Buckley cover).’ mp3

For what it’s worth, I genuinely hold The Slits, Schneider TM, The Raincoats, This Mortal Coil and Jeff Buckley to be amongst the finest cover versions ever done. In the unlikely event of any list of best ever cover versions NOT including these, I think I would have to have a word. They reinvent the songs concerned, and that’s what a cover version should do.

Breeders’ new track

Well, just in case you hadn’t heard, The Breeders’ fourth album Mountain Battles is out in April, and the first single off it ‘We’re Gonna Rise/German Demonstration’ is available to buy as a download now (try emusic or iTunes).

4ad have also helpfully made a track available as a download from the album, I know this is all over the blogs but just in case you hadn’t heard it, this is ‘Bang On.’

Breeders -‘Bang On.’ mp3

The Breeders have a new website called ‘Breeders’ Digest’ (groan!) here for tour dates and the like.

Meanwhile, I did an interview with Wake The President yesterday and am due to interview Amplifico in the next week or so, so watch this space…