Welcome to the third part of this look into the depths of my iPod, in order to pluck out my favourite cover versions. I have deliberately tried to avoid a lot of more well known versions, to provide some songs that not everyone may have heard before.
Here are links to parts one and two:
21. Dead Flowers by Caitlin Rose. A full on country version of the already country tinged Rolling Stones number. Nice to hear a different take, with female vocals a nice contrast. Taken from the Dead Flowers EP.
22. Someone’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight by The Rezillos. A case of the cover version becoming more well known than the original. In fact, I would imagine most people would be surprised to hear the original to this punk hit was recorded by Fleetwood Mac. Taken from the album Can’t Stand The Rezillos.
23. Home I’ll Never Be by The Low Anthem. This is a cover of a Tom Waits song, which in turn was taken from a Jack Kerouac poem or essay. A nice bluesy folk sound to this, taken from the the Low Anthem’s breakout album Oh My God Charlie Darwin
24. Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometimes by Beck. A fantastic, melancholic version of The Korgis hit. Taken from the soundtrack to Endless Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
25. White Light/White Heat by The Bootleggers featuring Mark Lanegan. A bluegrass version of The Velvet Underground song, taken from the soundtrack to prohibition drama Lawless. Virtually unrecognisable from the original.
26. Purple Haze by Johnny Jones & The King Casuals. A soul, funk version of the Hendrix favourite. Full of bursts of brass, it will make you want to dance. Can be found on the David Holmes mix album Come Get It I Got It.
27. I’m Shakin by Jack White. This song, a cover of an old Little Willie John blues number, is given a rockabilly by way of the White Stripes makeover. Taken from White’s first solo album Blunderbuss.
28. Changes by Seu Jorge. The David Bowie song, found on the Life Aquatic soundtrack, performed by Brazilian musician Seu Jorge. You’ll find yourself in the weird position of singing along to a song in English, even though its being sung in Portuguese!
29. Pay Me My Money Down by Bruce Springsteen. Full of energy, this song is taken from The Boss’ Pete Seeger tribute album We Shall Overcome. The musicians sound like they are having a ball, and you will be too.
30. Wild Horses by Flying Burrito Brothers. A heartbreaking version of the Rolling Stones song, sung beautifully, as usual, by Gram Parsons. Some would say this is better than the Stones version, but you will have to make your own minds up about that one. Find it on the Sin City: The Best of The Flying Burrito Brothers album.