I have A LOT of music on my iPod. From A.A Bondy to The Zutons, and everything in between. One of my favourite types of song, is the cover song, as highlighted in a previous post about the great covers band I saw recently.
Especially if it is significantly different in tone to the original. Over the next few posts I will go through my personal favourites on my iPod. Hopefully it will inspire you to seek some of these out for yourselves…
1. Livin’ For The City by The Dirtbombs. A garage rock reinterpretation of the classic Stevie Wonder tune. From the album Ultraglide in Black.
2. Hotel California by The Gipsy Kings. The Eagles classic rock smash gets a Spanish makeover. Found on the Big Lebowski soundtrack album.
3. Subterranean Homesick Blues by The Walkmen. This is actually a cover of a cover. It is found on The Walkmens remake of the album Pussycats by Harry Nilsson. The song of course was originally performed by Bob Dylan.
4. Jolene by The White Stripes. Turning Dolly Parton’s country classic into a slightly darker, punkier listen. Single only release I believe.
5. Seven Nation Army by Ben L’Oncle Soul. This time its the White Stripes on the receiving end of a cover version. A cool, soulful version of their hugely popular hit. Taken from the album Ben L’Oncle Soul.
6. Hey Jude by Bar Kays. A nice funky version of the Beatles singalong. This version doesn’t actually have any singing, apart from the na na na bit. It’s still cool though. To be found on the Gotta Groove album.
7. To Be Young by Dave Rawlings Machine. A country hoedown version of the Ryan Adams opener from Heartbreaker, by that albums producer. Taken from Rawlings debut album A Friend of a Friend.
8. Cet Air La by April March. A dream like reinterpretation of the sixties french song by Frances Gall. This really is a beauty. Taken from the album Chick Habit.
9. Honky Tonk Woman by Tom Jones. A great live reworking of the Rolling Stones hit, quite a bit different to the original. It has a slightly funky feel to it. I’m not a Tom Jones fan, but this is seriously good. To be found on the 12 Unforgettable Songs album.
10. Rollin & Tumblin by The Strypes. This is a great blues song who ever it is performed by, and it has been covered many times by all sorts of different artists. This is a new take on it by the new up and coming band The Strypes. You can find it on the Snapshot album.