Thursday, January 12, 2023

12 January 2023 - Kim Petras - Running Up That Hill

In 2022, the Netflix show Stranger Things featured an old synth-heavy Kate Bush song.  That song ended up being a bigger hit in 2022 than its original release in 1985.  

Covers followed.

It would make sense that German synth-heavy artist Kim Petras would come with a great version of the song.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

11 January 2023 - Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

I will rarely post a song I dislike.  

RARELY.

RARELY.

This is one of them.  And it's not that it's a bad song.  It isn't.  Whitney OWNS the hell out of Dolly's song.  That's doubtless.  Even Dolly admits that.  

It's just not the song I grew up with.  I don't dislike it on its merits.  I dislike it because it isn't Dolly.  But I can appreciate that it's a great performance of a great song.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

10 January 2022 - Ra Ra Riot - Valerie

In 2012, American indie band Ra Ra Rior released a cover of this Steve Winwood classic between albums.  It's a faithful cover, with maybe even a little more synth than the original.  Give it a go.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

4 January 2023 - Miley Cyrus and David Byrne - Let's Dance

There are very few times that I'm completely speechless.

This is one of them. 

Completely unexpected.   

I didn't expect David Byrne to hold up the bravado and stage presence of David Bowie.  I didn't expect Miley Cyrus to pair so well with him.  

And yet, here we are.  

Friday, December 30, 2022

30 December 2022 - Johnny Cash - Rusty Cage

You really don't hear Chris Cornell's lyrics in the original version.   Not so much, anyway, as when Johnny Cash took the song and made it his own.  In fact, Cash so much made his song his own that Chris Cornell used Cash's mix of the song when performing the song as a solo artist.  Essentially, he was covering the cover. 

Monday, December 19, 2022

19 December 2022 - Natalie Merchant - Children Go Where I Send Thee

In 1997, A Very Special Christmas, the third album in a series supporting the Special Olympics, was released. For her entry, former 10,000 Maniacs leader Natalie Merchant chose a traditional song with a LOT of Bible references.  See if you can catch them all.  

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

23 August 2022 - Hole - Bittersweet

Why, yes, that IS Courtney Love singing today's Wicked Guilty Pleasure.  

Yes, that is Brad Shepherd, guitarist from the Hoodoo Gurus who performed second vocals on the original and this version.

Yes, Courtney does screw up the words in parts.   

And yes, I do like this cover even with the blown lyrics.