Saturday, September 18, 2010

List: Favorite Cover Songs

Another mindless Facebook activity which provides an excellent excuse to make a music list.  The original concept was "Fifteen cover songs in fifteen minutes."  I expanded it to a leisurely stroll through my library, making snap decisions about which covers were worthy of inclusion in a representative list.  Here goes, in alphabetical order by artist.  I've written essays about a few of these; I'll try to remember to update the links if I write about any others in the future...

[Cover artist at left; original artist in parentheses at right.]

Oleta Adams - 'Don't let the sun go down on me' (Elton John)
Tori Amos - 'Smells like teen spirit' (Nirvana)
Bauhaus - 'Ziggy stardust' (David Bowie)
Belle Stars - 'Iko iko' (James Crawford / Dixie Cups)
Cocteau Twins - 'Frosty the snowman' (Um...)
Cowboy Junkies - 'Sweet Jane' (Velvet Underground)
Communards - 'Don't leave me this way' (Thelma Houston)
Creatures - 'Right now' (Mel Torme)
Danny Hutton Hitters - 'Wouldn't it be good' (Nik Kershaw)
Depeche Mode - 'Route 66' (Nat King Cole)
Endparty - 'New Year's Day' (U2)
Erasure - 'Voulez vous' (ABBA)
Feist - 'Sealion' (Nina Simone's 'See lime woman')
Fever Ray - 'Mercy street' (Peter Gabriel)
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - 'San Jose' (Dionne Warwick)
Frente - 'Bizarre love triangle' (New Order)
Frazier Chorus - 'Anarchy in the UK' (Sex Pistols)
Diamanda Galas - 'Gloomy Sunday' (Billie Holiday)
Jose Gonzalez - 'Heartbeats' (Knife)
Martin Gore - 'Gone' (Comsat Angels)
Petra Haden - 'Don't stop believin'' (Journey)
Ikon - 'Fall apart' (Death In June)
Grace Jones - 'I've seen that face before (libertango)' (Astor Piazzolla)
Gary Jules - 'Mad world' (Tears For Fears)
Annie Lennox - 'A whiter shade of pale' (Procol Harum)
Love & Rockets - 'Ball of confusion' (Temptations)
Lene Lovich - 'I think we're alone now' (Tommy James/Shondells)
Kirsty MacColl - 'A new England' (Billy Bragg)
March Violets - 'Amanda Jones' (Rolling Stones)
Massive Attack - 'Be thankful for what you've got' (William DeVaughn)
Memphis - 'Love comes quickly' (Pet Shop Boys)
George Michael - 'They won't go when I go' (Stevie Wonder)
Peter Murphy - 'Final solution' (Pere Ubu)
Naked Eyes - 'Always something there to remind me' (Sandie Shaw)
Nouvelle Vague - 'Israel' (Siouxsie & The Banshees)
Robert Palmer - "I didn't mean to turn you on' (Cherelle)
Pixies - 'Head on' (Jesus & Mary Chain)
Placebo - 'Running up that hill' (Kate Bush)
Red House Painters - 'Shock me' (Kiss)
Mark Ronson feat Daniel Merriweather - 'Stop me' (Smiths)
Saint Etienne - 'Only love can break your heart' (Neil Young)
Siouxsie & The Banshees '20th century boy' (T Rex)
Sisters Of Mercy - 'Gimme shelter' (Rolling Stones)
Sonic Youth - 'Into the groove(y)' (Madonna)
Sundays - 'Wild horses' (Rolling Stones)
Sunscreem - 'Broken English' (Marianne Faithful)
This Mortal Coil - 'Song to the siren' (Tim Buckley)
Tourists - 'I only want to be with you' (Dusty Springfield)
Tricky feat Marina Topley-Bird - 'Black coffee' (Sarah Vaughan)
Cassandra Wilson - 'Time after time' (Cyndi Lauper)
Paul Young - 'Every time you go away' (Hall & Oates)
10,000 Maniacs - 'Peace train' (Cat Stevens)