Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Look at this picture of Noel Gallagher as a baby!
(at least I'm pretty sure that's him)

In other music related news, I really need to make a cd of covers, because all the cool kids are doing it, baby!

Ruhee started it with her Air That Grooves podcast of January 26, when she played Sloan covering "Waterfalls" and, my personal favourite, the Weakerthans and Constantines covering "End of the Line". They played this song together as the closer for last spring's concert tour and it was just magical the night I saw them. They really sounded like they were just having a great time, a bunch of friends dragging out their instruments in someone's living room and whaling away on the songs everybody knew. And that's when covers are at their finest, I think.

GOB, guru of the cover song, also blew me away with his mix recently: Mudhoney doing "Pump It Up", Stone Temple Pilots on "Break on Through", They Might Be Giants with the greatest version of "Istanbul" ever were all winners, eclipsed only by "In the Mood" covered by Henhouse 5(+2), who just happen to actually be poultry (I'm assuming chickens, but I'm no expert).

Oh and of course I can't forget the killer cover of "Wish You Were Here" by Rasputina that the almighty Jen put on her mix. This will completely slay you.

The other day I took Eva's freshly-pressed cover mix with me to work, and I think I freaked out the other drivers on Memorial Drive when I was howling along with the Dresden Dolls doing Neutral Milk Hotel's "Two-Headed Boy" or Rufus Wainwright covering "Chelsea Hotel", and, my favourite, Belle and Sebastian doing a really happy peppy version of one of the angstiest songs ever - the Smith's "Boy with the Thorn in his Side".

Now I am motivated. I don't want to give everything away, but here are a few hints:

  • Constantines - Thank You for Sending Me an Angel
  • Joe Strummer - Redemption Song
  • Belle and Sebastian - Here Comes the Sun
  • Indigo Girls - Clampdown
  • Violent Femmes - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
  • Futureheads - Hounds of Love

Okay, that's enough. A girl's got to keep a few secrets.

12 comments:

Barbara said...

Sing it loud!

Neil said...

ha ha ha, I like the simpsons baby picture. I think you're right. it is that ugly gallagher dude.

~Jen~ said...

dont tell me i forgot to send u holly mcnarland doing phil collins IN THE AIR TONIGHT>?????

Barbara said...

Did you enter The Hour's Las Vegas contest ?
I knew the last answer but I don't wanna go to Vegas.
I decided what I would wear to see George's taping in March 9th. Look for the woman in the shirt.
;-)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Barbara-mtl, any louder and the car windows would have shattered. As far as I'm concerned, the only way you can sing a Neutral Milk Hotel song is the same way that Jeff Magnum sings them - head thrown back and bellowing - which makes for interesting driving...

I didn't enter the Vegas contest as I don't want to go either (nothing appeals to me less than the idea of Las Vegas, actually).
hahaha - good call on the Hour taping clothing choice!

Neil, I understand his personality matches his physical charms as well. Hottie.

Jen, you didn't forget - in fact I think you sent it twice - but I forgot to mention it, as I was all in a flutter over Rasputina. HM's cover of In the Air Tonight is a hell-damner, though!

michelle said...

The Violent Femmes covering Boy George? I cannot wrap my head around that one, no matter how hard I try.

Yeah, GOB likes his cover tunes. My favorite for the moment is Marilyn Manson doing "I Put a Spell on You." I think I've put it on the last 3 cd's I burned for myself.

Not to mention Hotline Operator and Shine A Light (courtesy of my favorite Alberta girl!). I loves me some Constantines... ;)

Grumpy Old Bastard said...

Ah, Barbara!!

How kind of you to call me the Guru of anything, much less cover tunes. Kind of you, but I fear I do not deserve such praise.

Noel Gallagher as a baby?!? Heh, now that's funny!!

GOB

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Michelle, Manson covering "I Put a Spell on You" - that sounds disturbing and intriguing. GOB put Tim Curry doing that song on my mix - it's a popular cover, who knew?
My favourite Violent Femmes cover story is the time they disovered Morrissey was in the audience at their concert so they came onstage and sang "This Charming Man" (you know the lyrics - "I would go out tonight but I haven't got a stitch to wear"), clad only in their undies.
And oh yes, those lovely lovely Constantines - those are two great songs too, full of their complex layered rhythmns - and Bry Webb's VOICE.

GOB, you will always be my guru, certainly more so than Noel Gallagher anyway (and I'm sure you were a much cuter baby as well).

Maureen said...

Ok, now you all have me off to spend the afternoon on limewire!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha Maureen - it's a nefarious plot to get people to: a) spend a pile of money on music and b) grow an umbilical cord to their computers. mwaahaha

Grover said...

my friends have a mixed CD of nothing but different bands' covers of "Dear God". I had no idea there were so many versions... and they hadn't even heard of the one version I knew of, Sarah McLachlan's.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Whoa Andy - that is one specific cover mix! I wonder why songs with religious sounding titles have so many covers; I'm thinking Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah here. Curious...