Can you hear them?
A blizzard-induced Internet outage and various snow-related activities forced the cover selection committee (read: me) to delay its final decision over the weekend. Now, however, we’re back on track. Thanks to everyone for their excellent submissions – I ended up wading through nearly 100 songs to come up with the finalists (the master list is…
Due to an influx of late nominations and a prior social engagement, I’m going to hold off posting my top 20 covers until tomorrow afternoon.
Well folks, it’s been a long and arduous journey, but I think we’ve done a half-decent job of rounding up some pretty good covers. The final list (complete with my top 10) will go up sometime Friday evening (Saturday afternoon?) – you have until then to submit your nominations. As always, sound off in comments…
At the risk of “los[ing] serious street cred with [his] friends,” Mike D. nominates Glee’s (admittedly catchy) cover of “Don’t Stop Believing” and Damien Rice and Ray LaMontagne covering the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody.” Since we’re on the subject of guilty pleasures, I thought I’d throw in Wyclef’s cheesy version of the Bee Gees’…
Here’s an eclectic bunch: Via email, Schuyler nominates Mike Posner covering Beyonce’s “Halo”; Mike nominates Dennis Brown’s reggae version of “Little Green Apples”; Scott O submits Tricky’s trippy cover of Public Enemy’s “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos”; sidereal suggests Cake covering “I Will Survive”; Todd nominates The Raconteurs’ interpretation of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.”…
Ian M. also submitted Built to Spill’s epic cover of “Freebird”; I’m nominating Beirut’s cover of Ary Barroso’s “Brazil” (Sinatra’s version also makes the cut). Again, my musical biases are pretty obvious, so if you want to avoid a list dominated by skinny white boys, vote early and vote often.
Klein nominates Donny Hathaway’s soulful take on Lennon’s “Jealous Guy’; Todd submits Phish’s version of the Stones’ “Loving Cup” for the jam band circuit. I’m not sure if this qualifies as a cover, but Ian M. also suggests Hiphoprisy’s version of the Dead Kennedy’s “California Uber Alles”:
After reviewing the list of nominees, it’s pretty apparent that our submissions skew heavily towards quasi-ironic indie rock. In the interests of greater inclusion, I encourage all readers with a passion for folk, country, rap, soul or funk (or just about any other under-represented genre) to chime in with a few nominations. I’ll get things…
JosephFM nominates The Yeah Yeah Yeahs covering Sonic Youth; Sidereal recommends José González singing Massive Attack’s “Teardrop.” Both songs are below the fold:
Yo La Tengo does the Beach Boys’ “Little Honda”:
Aguirre nominates The Scissor Sisters’ disco-infused version of “Comfortably Numb”; via email, Barry passes along Radiohead’s cover of The Smiths’ “The Headmaster Ritual.” Radiohead is below the fold – keep those nominations coming!
Jonathan of Canned Goods and Ammunition nominated a pretty amazing cover of “Creep” from the Afghan Whigs:
Commenter db links to Nouvelle Vague’s great Bossa Nova version of “The Guns of Brixton.” I’ll be posting cover songs all week and then arbitrarily ranking the finalists on Friday/this upcoming weekend (we may even put it to a vote), so if you’ve got any submissions, sound off in comments or shoot me an email.
Seu Jorge sings “Life on Mars”:
Rachid Taha rocks the casbah:
An epic (and topical) cover of Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA”: More cheesy pop songs should raise privacy-related concerns!
Stars’ version of “This Charming Man” should also be in the running:
Faye Wong singing “Dreams” in Cantonese gets my vote: