The fourth instalment of the covers series and some more crackers on rotation. Again, don’t forget to check some of them out. You can read the previous posts at the following links:
31. Take My Breath Away by My Morning Jacket. A typical reverb drenched MMJ take of Berlin’s hit from Top Gun. Taken from their rarities album Chapter 2: Learning. You can find a sublime cover of Elton Johns Rocket Man on Chapter 1.
32. Tainted Love by Hannah Peel. Another cover of a cover, this time of the Northern Soul song made famous by Soft Cell in the eighties. Hannah Peel uses just a cranked music box and her voice to totally change this dance floor stomper into a more haunting affair. Find it on the EP Rebox.
33. I Gotta Get Drunk by Phosphorescent. Taken from Matthew Houck’s Album of Willie Nelson covers, To Willie, this is a raucous, good time song about, as the title says, getting drunk. Great fun.
34. The Return of Jackie & Judy by Tom Waits. A typical growly Waits vocal on this splendid cover of the Ramones song. Almost out punks the original! Taken from the album Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards.
35. These Days by Nico. Any Wes Anderson fan will instantly know the charm of this song, Ok, so Nico has a voice that is an acquired taste, but her take on the Jackson Browne song is amazing, all the more so for featuring in The Royal Tenenbaums! Found on the Chelsea Girl album.
36. A Minha Menina by The Bees. A fairly well known cover song over here in the UK (I think) but it’s been a favourite of mine for a few years now. Great on a summers day, if you’re looking for a singalong. It’s actually a cover of sixties Brazilian band Os Mutantes and can be found on The Bees debut album Sunshine Hit Me.
37. Ramblin’ Man by Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan. These two are like chalk and cheese and all the better for it. They have come up with three great albums together and this is a nice atmospheric cover of the Hank Williams song, Taken from the album Ballad of the Broken Seas.
38. Personal Jesus by Johnny Cash. I’ve gone for this because it’s not as we’ll known as his cover of Hurt, but is a radical change to the original by Depeche Mode. It has a great deathly blues feel to it. Taken from the album American IV: The Man Comes Around.
39. Theme From New York New York by Cat Power. Sometimes cover versions are so different to the original it takes you a while to figure out it’s actually the same song. This song is a case in point as Cat Power covers Frank Sinatra. I only realised when I listened to the lyrics! To be found on the album Jukebox.
40. Nutbush City Limits by Black Diamond Heavies. A grungy, blues version of the Ike and Tina hit. the vocals have more than a touch of the Tom Waits to them. Real cool version, deep down and dirty. Find it on the album A Touch of Somebody Else’s Class.
- The 50 Best Cover Versions – Part One (thomasjford.wordpress.com)
- The 50 Best Cover Versions – Part Two (thomasjford.wordpress.com)
- The Best Cover Versions – Part Three (thomasjford.wordpress.com)