Cover Up!

To follow on the theme of covers...

What makes a good cover? Who should do covers? The best covered songs are ones that the cover artist makes their own. Some artists should cover certain songs because they have a similar style to the original (think Ben Folds covering Tiny Dancer), and some should cover certain songs because they have totally different styles (think Aretha Franklin singing Nessun Dorma).

A conversation at work led me to really ponder this. What are my favorite songs? Who are my favorite artists? What songs should be covered by whom?

So here is my list...songs and artists that should be paired together. This is just my personal opinion and if you totally disagree, too bad. But let me know why because I'm interested in your opinion.

Also, I provided links to the originals and to some other songs from the artists, but I did it all through the site Imeem. You might have to sign up for a free account to listen but it takes less than a minute to do so and it is well worth it...Imeem rules!

Scissor Sisters: Bee Gee's - Stayin' Alive

My friend Clarissa and I were having a discussion about the Scissor Sisters and Clarissa said that she thought that Jake Shears' voice reminds her of Barry Gibb's voice. That led us to decide that Scissor Sisters needs to cover Stayin' Alive. I might be basing this solely on their song I Don't Feel Like Dancing and the fact that I'm a little bit in love with Jake, but I think there is some serious potential for a great cover.

My Chemical Romance: The Doors - Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)

From the very first moment my dad played me Alabama Song on the way back from a camping trip (he prefaced it with "I probably shouldn't be letting you listen to this"), I have been in love with it. Same goes for the first time I heard the My Chemical Romance song Momma. The styles are similar, and since it's pretty unrealistic to think that the remaining Doors members are going to get together to cover Momma, I picked MCR to cover Alabama Song. They'd be able to make a grittier/darker version (for some reason A Clockwork Orange comes to mind).

The Darkness: Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back in Town

I have a soft place in my heart for this Thin Lizzy song and I listen to it at least 3 times a week. I thought long and hard on this one and at first I was trying to think of artists who had completely different styles from the original. Then I thought of Belle & Sebastian. The more I thought about it the better I thought it sounded...until I found out that they already covered it. I found the cover and let me tell you, it is NOT good. So I had to start from square one and that's when I Believe in a Thing Called Love by The Darkness started playing on my ipod. And that's when I decided they'd make a great cover of The Boys Are Back in Town. :)

The Bravery: New Order - Vanishing Point

Let me start by saying that The Bravery's The Sun and The Moon Complete album is awesome. I love the both the originals and the remixes. It was because of this album that I wanted to have them do a cover. I also knew that I wanted to have some Joy Division or New Order song covered, but it wasn't until I was listening Vanishing Point again that I paired the two together. Maybe they could cover it in a similar style to their song Above and Below (The Sun).

Even though I'm not a "real" Morrissey fan, like some other people, I feel like I can still appreciate his music. Tom Gatti from The Times said "His songs, too, were dramatic: bleak, funny vignettes about doomed relationships, lonely nightclubs, the burden of the past and the prison of the home." Now, I'm not saying Arcade Fire is all that, but sometimes a cover is good because it captures the essence of the original. I believe that Arcade Fire songs like Intervention and My Body is a Cage show that Arcade Fire has potential to capture that Morrissey essence.

Annie Lennox: Bob Dylan - Lay Lady Lay

On the original American Idol: Idol Gives Back, Annie Lennox sang a beautiful version of Bridge Over Troubled Water that was so moving. She also sang Into The West for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and that song never fails to make me teary. Now I wouldn't consider Lay Lady Lay to be a particularly emotionally moving song, but I think Annie would be able to pull off a moving cover of it.

Killers: Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart or Psychedelic Furs - Pretty in Pink

The Killers have already covered Joy Division's Shadowplay and Dire Straits' Romeo and Juliet, neither cover veering too far from the original, yet bringing The Killers own special touch. They just need to bring that special touch to Total Eclipse of the Heart and Pretty in Pink.

Ben Folds: The Carpenters - (They Long To Be) Close To You

There is a deliciously creepy cover of this song on the soundtrack of Mirrormask, but I'd like to hear a cover from Ben. Perhaps with some awesome piano action. Come on Ben, what do you say?


Sophia and Brent said...

Wow you put some creative thought into this and I must say I am impressed and inspired to look for matches of my own. I would love a girly version of boys don't cry by anna nalick or someone similar. I love your ideas!! how do we let the bands know?

Clarissa said...

freaking awesome! its the uberest cover up playlist ever! pretty sure my socks are completely knocked off! by the way... i can see you! Wahahaha (insert my evil laugh with a serious face)...........
... wait for it...
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(k now im laughing)

Sophia and Brent said...

For everyone's listening pleasure try Frente cover of New Order-Bizzare love Triangle...It's Precious!

Tasha said...

Thanks for the song tip Sofie, I just downloaded their Marvin the Album album. :)

I'm a girl from a good family who was very well brought up. One day I turned my back on it all and became a bohemian.

~Brigitte Bardot