this year’s remake/remodel

As an aside: why aren’t movie remakes called “cover versions”?

Anyway: I’ve put together a playlist of 25 of my favorite cover songs that I’ve run into during the first half of this year. (They don’t have to be new.) This one’s called Sad Keanu Is Everywhere.

I have no fabulous prognostication of trends to share, no betting tips for the cover-song sweepstakes. (There is a cover-song sweepstakes, right?) Just this playlist. And this paddle game. And this remote control. And these matches…

  1. Signals “Angst in My Pants” (Sparks)
  2. DJ Lobsterdust “Dance Is the Drug” (David Bowie vs. Roxy Music)
  3. The Humans ft. Robert Fripp “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” (Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood)
  4. The Dead Weather “New Pony” (Bob Dylan)
  5. The Mars Volta “Candy and a Currant Bun” (Pink Floyd)
  6. Jay Reatard “Gamma Ray” (Beck)
  7. Beck’s Record Club ft. Annie Clark of St. Vincent “Calling All Nations” (INXS)
  8. U2 “Neon Lights” (Kraftwerk)
  9. Gillian Welch “Black Star” (Radiohead)
  10. John Doe “I’m in Love with a Girl” (Big Star/Alex Chilton)
  11. The Lemonheads “Fragile” (Wire)
  12. The New Pornographers “Georgie Don’t You Know” (Outrageous Cherry)
  13. The Beatnix “Stairway to Heaven” (Led Zeppelin)
  14. The Steve McDonald Group “Motorboat” (Kim Fowley)
  15. Union Avenue “Ace of Spades” (Motörhead)
  16. Deerhunter “Who Makes the Nazis?” (The Fall)
  17. Patrick Wolf “Army Dreamers” (Kate Bush)
  18. Death of Samantha “Heroes” (David Bowie)
  19. Rex Broome “Houses in Motion” (Talking Heads)
  20. The Uncle Devil Show “Angie Baby” (Helen Reddy)
  21. Black Francis with Joey Santiago “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show/Shel Silverstein)
  22. Portastatic “Old Orchard Beach” (The Magnetic Fields)
  23. A.C. Newman “Take on Me” (A-Ha)
  24. Fever Tree “Day Tripper/We Can Work it Out” (The Beatles)
  25. Girls “End of the World” (Skeeter Davis)

Everything’s covered in the comments.



Filed under 2010, noise

2 responses to “this year’s remake/remodel

  1. Johnny Debitcard
  2. Paula

    You rock, sir.

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