Thursday, September 16, 2021

16 September 2021 - Cats On Trees - Love You Like A Love Song

This cover of the Selena Gomez classic by French band Cats On Trees rethinks the song as a soulful, mournful ballad.  Sometimes this type of reimagining of a song makes it lose its soul - but not so much in this case. 

Thursday, September 9, 2021

9 September 2021 - Weezer - Big Me

Weezer started performing this Foo Fighters classic live, after the Foo Fighters stopped performing it.  When they toured together, the Fighters were compelled to perform it themselves again.  

Still, this is a pretty great cover. 

Friday, August 27, 2021

27 August 2021 - Calexico - Corona

In 2004, Calexico, a Tuscon, Arizona-based Tex-Mex band, decided to take a Minutemen classic, give it some horns and a mariachi-inspired extended guitar solo, and made a new classic.  Give this 2015 live version a listen. 

Monday, August 16, 2021

16 August 2021 - Sixpence None The Richer - I Need Love

It is interesting to me that Sixpence None The Richer, a band with roots in the Christian music world, covered this song, with the line "I need God, not the political church".  

And yet, Word Records put this out as part of their greatest hits album in 2004.  

Sixpence None The Richer have excellent taste in covers.   In this one, Leigh Nash brings her sing-songy voice to a song written and performed by the huskier-voiced Sam Phillips, and makes it into a differently beautiful masterpiece.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

12 August 2021 - Los Lobos - La Bamba

In 1987, a movie about the life of Richie Valens was released.  

La Bamba

Lou Diamond Phillips starred as Richie Valens, and he appears in this video with LA band Los Lobos, who did the singing and performing, at the request of the Valenzuela family (his real name was Richie Valenzuela). This version of the song went to #1 around the world and was by far the biggest hit of Los Lobos's career.    

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

13 July 2021 - St. Vincent – Sad But True

Who had St. Vincent doing a Metallica cover in their 2021 list?

I sure as hell didn't.  And yet, here it is.  It takes a decidedly more electronic feel than the original, and yet, somehow, it remains dark, maybe even dystopian.  

Thursday, July 8, 2021

8 July 2021 - Kailee Morgue - Black Sheep

I had absolutely no reason to post such a complete tribute to this song across both blogs today, other than the song is stuck in my damn head.  

But this version by Kailee Morgue makes me glad that I did this.  It brings a little more of an electronic and ever-so-slightly ethereal feeling to the Metric song

The song by the same artist is a little more straight-forward rock than electronic in its live version, but she still brings a happy energy to the song.