Free Friday Frantic (Music) Fun: Ergo Phizmiz & The Midnight Florists
cover five 1990s chartbusting, dancefloor filling smash hits
with arrangements of acoustic, electronic, homemade, and toy instruments. [More musical mischief inside] [more inside]
Christian metalcore band Confide
uses a Postal Service cover
as a clever tactic to promote
their god-awful music. [more inside]
70s/80s Soviet album covers
. Until today, I had no idea Soviet hair metal existed. Prepare for keytars, mall hair and proof that 80s cheese was not solely a product of degenerate kepitalist decadence.
Beck intends to record cover versions of selected albums in a day, unrehearsed, with guest musicians and then to release them on his website. Pitchfork announced it yesterday here
. The first song is Sunday Morning
The Art of Penguin Science Fiction
is a historical guide to the design of book jackets in the Penguin SF line
by James Pardey. But before reading the essay I recommend looking at some of the wonderful cover designs, for example We
, The Drowned World
, Star Maker
, The Evolution Man
, Fifth Planet
and Alternating Currents
. They certainly don't make SF book jackets like they used to. All hundred plus covers can also be browsed alphabetically by author
. [via The Guardian Books Blog]
NYC Public School's PS22 Chorus
belts out catchy tunes like Viva La Vida
, Eye of The Tiger
and Everybody's Changing
. These Fifth Graders have also have worked with Tori Amos and Passion Pit among others. Make sure to check out their website
Jack and Meg
did it first. Audioslave
did it poorly. The Hives
tried to do it by rote. The Flaming Lips did it best
while simultaneously Moving To Florida
. It's been done in Mario Paint
and on a ukulele
But the latest people to attempt it? Country legends The Oak Ridge Boys
The "I Can Read Movies" Series
is a set of fake film novelizations, done in 1950's and 1960's illustration style. [via]
Hungary may be the gloomiest country on earth.
Believed by its people to be suffering from a centuries long curse
, it's most famous modern musical export is probably the "Hungarian Suicide Song"
- Gloomy Sunday.
Originally popularized by Billie Holiday
in the US (with an upbeat ending tacked onto the original lyrics
), it's been covered dozens of times
since then. Links to a few of my favorites inside: [more inside]
Now I know how to Criticize Lin Piao and Discredit Him Completely,
next time won't you join with me? Lots of other great covers on this site
, but this one takes the (happy kids marching with rifles) cake. (via
A brief look at the Big Bang birth of a fandom: the explosion
of 'Dr. Horrible' fandom
in just 47 days. Quite a lot of "more inside" follows. [more inside]
Songs we wish were ours
Great idea, no? I thought the series was over but it looks like they kept it going.
ruins Joni Mitchell. Johnny Cash
redeems Gordon Lightfoot. The Donnas
render Men Without Hats ever so slightly less ridiculous. The CBC assembles a list of great (and sub-great
) covers of Canadian songs
. And a happy Canada Day to you.
Mario Paint Composer
emulates and extends the composer function from Mario Paint for the SNES. It has been used extensively to cover classic game music
, popular hits
, some of the greatest songs on earth
, and even the occasional classical
is a wonderful, podcast which collects covers grouped by various themes. [more inside]
Book nerds everywhere will enjoy these scans of cover art from the works of Beat Generation authors William S. Burroughs
, Jack Kerouac
, Neal Cassady
, and John Clellon Holmes
. [more inside]
Total Eclipse of the Heart
(YT) as "performed" by Legion of rock stars
, a cover band that does “such lousy job with the source material that it becomes oddly hilarious”. (Choice of 179 videos. Via The in-between
You all remember the song from Sesame Street, but you've never heard it like this: one two three FOUR FIIIVE six seven EIGHT NIIINE TEN eleven TWELVE!
Written in 1967
by Bob Dylan, it was originally quiet, lowkey... and vaguely menacing
. But when Jimi Hendrix
redefined it the following year
, even Dylan knew
that the song had changed forever.
Since then, it's been covered
(over and over again
), praised almost as often
, and, of course, found to be encoded in the minds of Cylons.
Originally released 40 years ago, erm, yesterday: All Along the Watchtower.
"The Pulp Gallery is a visual reference guide to the wonderful cover art of pulp and pin-up magazines."
From the bizarre (Lovecraft!)
to the breezy (NSFW?)
, the savage (Any relation to Adam?)
to the spicy (Eel Trap!)
. And don't miss the gallery
of recycled art
Covering The Mouse
. An MP3 blog dedicated to cover versions of Disney songs. My favorite so far is Gene Simmons' cover of "When You Wish Upon A Star."
Pop Songs 07
is a blog by Matthew Perpetua, founder of Fluxblog
, in which he is attempting to write about every R.E.M. song eventually. With the recent release of Stereogum
’s tribute to Automatic For The People, Drive XV
, (free mp3s of covers of every track on the record by a range of indie rock acts) he was asked to write an essay about the album: Sweetness Followed: 15 Years After Automatic.
Okay, first, take a look at this collection of 60's and 70's Asian Pop Record Covers
. Cause they're just a helluvalotta of fun to look at. Now, if you find your musical
appetite whetted, the same fellow who brought you those wonderful jackets has a Singapore and Asian 60's Pop Music
MySpace page, where you can listen to his fabulous
audio playlist, see video clips and more record jackets, and get more info on this very fertile period in Asian pop music history. [more inside]
The author of the excellent (and previously mentioned
) 60s/70s soul music blog Funky 16 Corners has put together an awesome compilation album available for free download, called Rubber Souled
, featuring soul covers of Beatles classics; the results are intriguing, from Stevie Wonder's funked out version of We Can Work It Out to a nightmare inducing Bill Cosby cover of Sgt Peppers.
LP Cover Lover
The world's greatest LP album covers. Groovy, man. [some nudity, some total insanity]
Songs You Didn't Know Were Cover Versions: Good Lovin'
, Mambo No. 5
, The City of New Orleans
, The First Cut Is the Deepest
, I Love Rock 'n' Roll
, Just A Gigolo
, Without You
, Don't Turn Around
, Let's Live for Today
, Dazed and Confused
, Seasons in the Sun
, Pass the Dutchie
, There's Always Something There to Remind Me
, Turn Turn Turn
, When the Levee Breaks
, Do You Wanna Touch Me
, Cum on Feel the Noize
, Hanging on the Telephone
, I Go Blind
, I Will Always Love You
, Take Me to the River
, Louie Louie
, The Twist
Aside from the usual crap, YouTube has a great selection of
one the most
song of all time: All Along the Watchtower
. Classics like Hendrix (live
), Neil Young (at DailyMotion
with better sound) and U2
--and some great contemporary versions like Keziah
Jones' blazingly-fast version
Bradley Fish's 12-instrument (including Chinese Zither) version
, Michael Hedges’
even a quite good version of DMB's much-maligned cover
. What doesn't really rank: Dylan's original.
All This and World War II [trailer; IMDB]
is a 1976 musical documentary that mixes World War II newsreels and movie clips
with Beatles covers. Looks like Hitler disapproved
. [lots more inside]
Mefites love cover versions. But are we ready for The Legion of Rockstars
? To wit: "1) A bunch of people put on noise-canceling headphones. 2) They all listen to the same song and play along. 3)The results are recorded and set to the original music video. 4) Hilarity ensues" (myspace
Sure, reading is great, but books are fun to look at
If this album cover quiz
frustrates you, you might enjoy watching some album art wars
The always-excellent (and MeFi fave
) Jonathan Coulton
, inspired by Alanis Morissette's cover of My Humps
from a few weeks ago, has done a marvelously droll cover of You Oughta Know
Sgt. Pepper's 2.0
. fourty years later, BBC 2 is preparing a recording session (with the original recording instrumentation and Geoff Emerick
) to be aired on 2 June. Oasis, The Killers, Razorlight, James Morrison, The Fratellis, Travis and the Kaiser Chiefs are the artists currently announced.
Not the first time
someone covers the Beatles (there's even a mashup
, previously covered
Catchy bitter ukulele break-up song
by Duncan Pflaster. Video with song. Simple and excellent. Found via Cat and Girl
They Don't Know
I'm speechless right now.
The Torontoist Cover Song Catalogue. We tried to avoid some of the more obvious cover hits (like Alien Ant Farm's recent chart-topper "Smooth Criminal") and we stuck with actual recorded covers rather than including those only played in concert. You'll notice that most of these cover versions are pretty chilled-out, which is a byproduct of looking for tracks that were eclectic, odd and often very different from the originals.
The true spirit of radio.
It is hard
to do Geddy Lee justice
, but nothing is going to stop kids
. Some results better
NYC via DC's The Walkmen
have recorded a fourth studio LP, a "note-for-note reproduction" of Harry Nilsson's
1974 album "Pussy Cats,
" famously produced by musician and drinking-buddy John Lennon during his "Lost Weekend"
days in Los Angeles. You can listen to the new album here gratis.
Covers of your favorite Pixes songs, by other famous musicians!*
*All other famous musicians simulated. Your milage may vary. Please don't shoot the messenger.
Lennon Letter Sells £12,000.
In 1971, a New York Times article accused the Beatles, and other white artists, of imitating and exploiting American black music in their early cover records. Lennon responded angrily
, "Many kids were turned on to black music by us. It wasn't a rip off, it was a love-in."
Yo La Tengo is Murdering the Classics
). Spontaneous cover magic from the great YLT