Hope you enjoy these folks…
This is from a gig in London in January this year, where the Arcade Fire (above)cover the Clash classic from London Calling.
Years ago, working in a record shop I was virtually sent to Coventry for a day for daring to ask ‘What’s wrong with Bruce Springsteen?’ I stand by that comment, the man is a hero to many, and just as an articulate observer of American life as many rappers or Bob Dylan. And Damon Gough knows it too.
Badly Drawn Boy -‘Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen cover).’ mp3
At fifteen I thought Prince was a genius, but I started to get the feeling throughout the nineties that his work was not as good as it had been. Then I came to Scotland, and amongst the hundreds of albums I have bought in second hand records shops here since I arrived are much of his output from 1980-1988. I’ve also realsied that Country music can be cool too. Here the two collide beautifully.
The Be-good Tanyas -‘When Doves Cry (Prince and the Revolution cover).’ mp3
Having got into Sonic Youth at fourteen through Goo, I remember thinking that ‘Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star’ was a bit of a disappointment when I heard it, though the first single ‘Bull In The Heather’ was a gem. Here the Go! Team offer their take on it.
The Go! Team -‘Bull In The Heather (Sonic Youth cover).’ mp3
OK, so this track was a hit, and it did through an advertisement, but what the hell, it’s beautiful, and a genuinely different version of the original by the Knife.
Jose Gonzalez -‘Heartbeats (The Knife cover).’ mp3
Speaking of songs that start out electronica like, and end up acoustic, what better way to finish this than with Iron and Wine’s take on a Postal Service song.
Iron and Wine -‘Such Great Heights (Postal Service cover).’ mp3
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