Monday, November 23, 2020
23 November 2020 - Danielle Dax - Tomorrow Never Knows
Friday, November 20, 2020
20 November 2020 - Colin Hay - Overkill
He also wrote it and performed it when he led a band called Men at Work. This song was a pretty big hit for them - reaching #3 on the Billboard charts.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
19 November 2020 - Electric Light Orchestra - Xanadu
The movie was awful. The musical based on the movie is a bit better.
This is a rerecording of the song in 2000, featuring a Jeff Lynne lead vocal. Different vocalist, different feel, self-cover. And it isn't bad, to be honest.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
18 November 2020 - Sam Phillips - Holding On To The Earth
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
17 November 2020 - Christina Aguilera - Genie 2.0
Monday, November 16, 2020
16 November 2020 - Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now
Saturday, November 14, 2020
14 November 2020 - The Polyphonic Spree - Lithium
What The Polyphonic Spree bring are the excitement and exuberance - they retain the spirit of the party song this truly is.
Plus their harp player looks an awful lot like Dave Grohl.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
12 November 2020 - Sturgill Simpson - In Bloom
And yet, Sturgill Simpson takes a very loud song and makes it into a sweet coming of age tune - which is exactly what the original was for him when he was 13, when, as he puts it in an interview with Rolling Stone:
I remember in seventh or eighth grade, when [Nevermind] dropped, it was like a bomb went off in my bedroom. For me, that song has always summed up what it means to be a teenager, and I think it tells a young boy that he can be sensitive and compassionate — he doesn’t have to be tough or cold to be a man.”
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
13 November 2020 - Lana Del Rey - Heart-Shaped Box
Seriously, I love her version so much - it's sublime compared to the original - but it's a little weird after Courtney said that....
11 November 2020 - No Doubt - Sliver
Saturday, November 7, 2020
7 November 2020 - Jessie J - Party in the U.S.A.
Friday, November 6, 2020
6 November 2020 - A Special Post Malone Nirvana Tribute Edition
Thursday, November 5, 2020
5 November 2020 - A Nirvana 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Special
Each of these covers today have two things in common:
1) They were all recorded on the same day in April 2014.
2) They all featured Krist Novocelic, Dave Grohl, and Pat Smear
These performances were from the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction of Nirvana, and they decided to do it live with a bunch of different lead vocalists. While each are faithful covers - I mean, the backing band - none of these vocalists attempt a Kurt Cobain impersonation, and that's a good thing.
The first one, "Lithium", from the Nevermind album, features a woman named Annie Clark who Krist Novocelic erroneously introduces as the vocalist from the BAND St. Vincent - Annie Clark IS St. Vincent - but that's not important. What's important is that she was probably the least well-known vocalist of the lot, and this was something of a star-making performance.