Thursday, April 21, 2022

21 April 2022 - Tracy Bonham - 50ft. Queenie

This song, the B-side to "Mother Mother", is a really faithful PJ Harvey cover.  For those not family, PJ Harvey was something of a contemporary (and labelmate) of Tracy Bonham in the 1990s, and in that context, this cover makes sense.  

The frenzied violin in the middle is a great addition.  

This version is from the 1997 PinkPop festival in the Netherlands.

Friday, April 15, 2022

15 April 2022 - Poi Dog Pondering - I Had To Tell You

I frequently get asked what my favorite cover might be.  

It's tough to pick just one, but this cover of the 13th Floor Elevators classic by Poi Dog Pondering is high on that list.  It's a rare band that can take a song so iconic like this one and make it completely their own, making you forget exactly who originally performed the song.  And this rendition is hauntingly beautiful.

Monday, April 11, 2022

11 April 2022 - Maisy Stella - Secret | Billie Eilish - Secret

I want to start with the original recording, which was a cover of a Missy Higgins song sung by 7-year-old Maisy Stella of Whitby, Ontario.

Well, a young Billie Eilish saw that recording.... and yeah......

So, she said she did the song at a talent show herself.......  She very much did.

Monday, April 4, 2022

4 April 2022 - This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren

This was the real song being covered on Friday.  Let's be honest.  

Elizabeth Fraser sings this Tim Buckley classic exquisitely.  

Lest you think there are studio tricks here..... nope.  Liz Fraser just OWNS this song.  It's her song now.

Friday, April 1, 2022

1 April 2022 - Ashen Ringlets - Song To The Siren

So why a Tim Buckley cover?

This is actually a This Mortal Coil cover - as the 4AD house band, with Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins on iconic vocal, that is matched here.  The TMC version gives me goosebumps, and so does this version.