This fall marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the album, regarded as one of the most original-sounding and important of the rock era.
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Composers Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein break down the opening theme to Stranger Things.
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.
In the first of this illuminating five-part history of the great Twin Cities punks Husker Du, we meet the band before they became a band, following Grant Hart and Greg Norton as they grow up in St. Paul, and then encounter Bob Mould, a new kid at Macalester College with a Flying V guitar and a love for punk rock equal to theirs.
Vernon Reid is one of rock’s greatest guitarists, having rising to stardom in the 1980s as a member of Living Colour. It’s not surprising, therefore, that he’d choose an album by one of rock’s other great guitarists: Jimi Hendrix and his final album, Band of Gypsys, recorded live at the Fillmore East and released in the spring of 1970. Reid gave us an amazing lesson into what exactly made Hendrix so brilliant, least of all on this album.
By the early nineties R.E.M. found themselves one of the biggest bands on the planet. What they had achieved was beyond their wildest dreams but it had taken them over a decade to get there. This RTÉ Radio One music documentary recorded in Athens, Georgia and North Carolina in the US by Ken Sweeney takes the listener on that journey with R.E.M. out of Athens (Georgia). Without slick videos for the new MTV, or support from mainstream radio, R.E.M. built their following playing an alternative circuit of gigs across America as evangelists for this new music. R.E.M. blazed a trail for every independent band to follow from Nirvana to Pearl Jam.
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Michael Stipe and Mike Mills of R.E.M. break down "Try Not to Breathe" from their seminal album Automatic for the People.
This is a Troika I’ve been planning for a while now, and it all started with listening to Spiritualized’s ‘Broken Heart’ from ‘Ladies and Gentlemen We’re Floating in Space’. I’ve always thought it was the most heart-wrenching thing I’d ever heard and it was the catalyst to thinking about a Troika of sad songs.
- Anais Mitchell – ‘Shepherd’
- Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – ‘Tearjerker’
- Spiritualized – ‘Broken Heart’
- Kate Bush – ‘This Womans’ Work’
- Nick Cave (featuring Else Torp) – ‘Distant Sky’
- Radiohead – ‘Harry Patch (In Memory Of)’
Celtic Bridge on Comhaltas travels to Fleadh Uladh 2017 in Bangor County Down, bringing you a selection of brilliant young traditional musicians from around Ulster, representing their branch, county and going forward to represent their province, medal winners and Ulster Champions, Pádraig Conroy Meagan Teague Ellen O’Brien Ryan and Oisín Murphy Aodhán Collins Aoife Mullen Dearbhla Duffy and Ards Comhaltas, my thanks to Ards Comhaltas branch for welcoming Celtic Bridge on Comhaltas to Fleadh Uladh 2017.
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Brian Conway is one of the finest County Sligo-style Irish fiddlers in the United States and abroad. The winner of several All-Irish Fiddle contests in Ireland, the native New Yorker has been playing fiddle since was ten, continuing a musical tradition that Irish musicians brought to this country and which has continued to evolve here. He brought his fiddle to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the music he plays and the musicians who taught and inspired him, including his father. And while here, he demonstrated a little bit of the unique Sligo "accent" that defines Sligo-style fiddle-playing.
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