From the music website, Cover Me
, Five Good Covers
: five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song. Why not enjoy all new versions of Cars
, Can't Help Falling In Love
, The Sound Of Silence
, Life In A Northern Town
, Modern Love
, You Shook Me All Night Long
, Age Of Consent
, Don't Fear The Reaper
, Be My Baby,
and much, much more. ( Cover Me previously
In decades past, R&B and soul artists didn't shy away from covering country songs. That's right, children, straight up country
songs. And the results were often stunningly good. For example, Al Green's performance
of Kris Kristofferson's For the Good Times
(best known as a hit for country crooner Ray Price
). Or Ray Charles' performance
of Eddy Arnold's You Don't Know Me
. Or Aretha Franklin's performance
of country chestnut You Are My Sunshine
, first recorded in 1939 by the Pine Ridge Boys
. And... [more inside]
The long and rather surprising history of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
, penned in 1957 by British singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl, has just taken another bold and dramatic turn with Erykah Badu and the Flaming Lips' starkly powerful cover of the song. Oh, and in the accompanying video
, they've most certainly upped the ante as far as edgy eroticism in pop music goes, with Badu's sister Nayrok pushing the envelope into the stratosphere. Nota bene: explicit nudity. [NSFW]
Broadway actress Carrie Manolakos performs a cover of Radiohead's 'Creep'
, and hits all the notes.
The Nightmare Before Christmas' " This Is Halloween " sung by everyone's favorite turrets and murderous AI in " This Is Aperture
What is Pink Lady
? In Japan they are remembered for a string of pop hits in the 70s, but Americans might remember them either from their disco single "Kiss In The Dark
" or from an attempt to sell them to the US market in 1980 via a short-lived NBC variety show Pink Lady & Jeff
) with comedian Jeff Altman.
). The show featured their Japanese hits, UFO
(a bit more rock and roll
), and SOS
along with US hits like Boogie Wonderland
, McArthur Park
and the occasional guest star.
) Also, Roy Orbison
Sadly, the show failed to break out and the two returned to Japan for a series of farewell concerts and retrospectives. Much, much more available at this charmingly retro, utterly exhaustive fan site devoted to them.
Or just read the recaps. [more inside]
The best-known version of that joyful ode to getting smashed, Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
, would surely be the Jerry Lee Lewis rendition
, and Memphis rockabilly singer Johnny Burnette
recorded a hopping little version
of the tune as well. But the song was written and originally recorded
by Stick (aka "Sticks") McGhee
, who adapted it from a chant he learned during his stint in the Army. And yes, "spo-dee-o-dee" was a substitute for another word
, which, though fine for the Army, wasn't exactly radio friendly. Stick wrote a few other tunes in celebration of the alcoholic beverage, including "Six To Eight" and "Jungle Juice"
. And as has been pointed out previously
, the song title was likely the inspiration for the alcoholic concoction known as the "spodi
". Drink up!
: An unofficial video
's cover of War Pigs, previously covered by Faith No More
Originals by Black Sabbath