Tagged with “cover” (53)

  1. Take Me On: The Art Of The Cover Song - 1A

    What makes a great cover song?

    Is it a total reimagining, like Devo singing “Satisfaction,” Ike and Tina Turner taking on “Proud Mary” or Jimi Hendrix playing “All Along The Watchtower?”

    Is it a performance that brings a new energy or feeling to the original, like Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Got To Get You Into My Life” or Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah?”

    Or can a covering artist bring a weight to a song that makes it feel all their own, like Johnny Cash singing “Hurt?”

    The answer is yes.

    While taking on another artist’s hit can seem like an easy way to please fans, it can also be a risk. Covering a song invites a comparison to the original. When done right, it’s a beautiful tribute that can become a hit all its own. When done wrong, it can be the pop equivalent of dancing on a grave.

    Turn up your headphones and get ready for a music-filled examination of the art and craft of the cover.


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  2. Jonathan Coulton’s cover of a cover gets covered

    A few weeks ago, singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton was surprised to learn that his arrangement of the Sir Mix-A-Lot song "Baby Got Back" was covered note for note by the cast of the Fox TV show Glee. Coulton talks with Bob about having his melody stolen with impunity and the legal gray area between copyright law and cover songs.


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  3. Interview: Alan Light, Author of ‘The Holy or the Broken’ : NPR

    There are songs, and then there are anthems. Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah" is a popular power anthem now, but almost never saw light of day. In his new book, music journalist Alan Light charts the unlikely rise of the song through countless weddings, funerals and in film and television.


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  4. You and Your Sister

    Bill Janovitz of Buffalo Tom covers You and Your Sister by Big Star …via the This Mortal Coil cover by The Breeders.


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  5. New Dawn Fades

    Joy Division cover by Salter Cane.


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  6. Lemonworld

    By The National from the album High Violet, as discussed in this New York Times article:


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  7. Sorrow

    From High Violet by The National.

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  8. Bloodbuzz Ohio

    It’s scrappy and I make a few mistakes but I really like this song that I’ve just learned. It was one of the singles from High Violet by The National, my favourite album of last year.

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  9. I Won’t Share You

    The Morning Benders cover The Smiths.


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  10. You Won’t Find It Again

    By Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens, this is another B-side from around the time of 16 Lover’s Lane.

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