Thursday, April 22, 2021

22 April 2021 - Linda Ronstadt - You’re No Good

Linda Ronstadt is not an artist you hear about much anymore.  She was HUGE in the 1970's.  She was once called the highest paid woman in rock and roll.

That's probably because a lot of her hits were covers.  Take this one, originally recorded by Dee Dee Warwick in 1963.  Ronstadt's 1975 version went to number one on the Billboard charts, the only time she would reach the summit in her illustrious career.  

The irony is, she doesn't think she sang it very well.  She doesn't like her own biggest hit.  That's OK.  Everyone else does!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

21 April 2021 - Fun Boy Three - Our Lips Are Sealed

Terry Hall of The Specials co-wrote this song with Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go's.  Terry Hall was also the vocalist of Fun Boy Three. 

This version is gloomy, but it's interesting.  And, because it came second, I'm calling it a cover.  What do you think?

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

13 April 2021 - The Flaming Lips - Elephant

Tame Impala is frequently compared to The Wiggles The Flaming Lips, and the bands have toured together.  So, it makes sense that Wayne Coyne and co. would cover one of Tame Impala's best known tunes... and somehow make it even more psychedelic.  Wayne is very much enjoying this song, and he and the Lips do it justice.

Monday, April 12, 2021

12 April 2021 - The Knocks ft. Foster The People - South Side

The THIRD track from Melody & Silence is this cover of a Moby and Gwen Stefani classic.  I'm not sure who the female is in the duet with Mark Foster - who has supplied the vocals for all of these covers - but, once again, it is a song that respects the original.  

12 April 2021 - The Knocks ft. Foster The People - Devil's Haircut

The second track from Melody & Silence is a cover of a Beck classic that, frankly, I didn't think would ever be covered - because it was so uniquely Beck.  This version replaces the jangly guitar with synthesizers, but still captures the Beck spirit.

12 April 2021 - The Knocks ft. Foster The People - Bittersweet Symphony

The Knocks are a New York duo that have done a few singles with Foster The People.  Some think the frequent collaborators should just be Foster the Knocks!

No matter. As part of the release of their collaborative single "All About You", the two groups collaborated earlier this year on an EP with some spectacular covers and that single, called Melody & Silence.  This is one of those covers, and it really shows an understanding of what Richard Ashcroft was going for.

24 December 2021 - Cœur de Pirate - Last Christmas

Of all the artists I discovered in 2021, why did I have to like the one wiht the funny letters in her stage name the most?

It's all good.  I've gotten very good copying and pasting œ.  

Merry Christmas.  Here is Cœur de Pirate doing a Wham! classic.