Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Best Kind of Cover Song

Cover songs have always held a strong tradition in rock n' roll. They give artists a chance to salute their heroes, and at the same time present a personal take on a song. When someone learns to play guitar, their musical library rests solely on cover songs; however, eventually out of this constant replication comes a unique musical voice, which allows an artist to write his or her own music. Once equipt with this new identity, a musician is able to return to a favorite song and explore new directions with it.

To review: Person learns cover songs to become musician, New musician leaves cover songs to craft a unique sound, Established musician returns to cover songs to infuse with new musical identity.

...or something like that.

Get to the damn MP3s Nick. So here are some current covers that I am enjoying lately.

[mp3] Final Fantasy - Modern Love (Bloc Party)
[mp3] Werewolf - No Love Lost (Joy Division)
[mp3] Blood Brothers - Under Pressure (Queen)
[mp3] Death From Above 1979 - Luno (Bloc Party)
[mp3] DeVotchKa - The Last Beat Of My Heart (Siouxsie and the Banshees)

3 Comments:

Blogger Will said...

I love it when artists can really make a cover their own ... the Twilight Singers do that well, and in great abundance. The Raconteurs did some great covers when I saw them the other night as well.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how you tried iceland's Worm is Green? they did a great cover of Joy Divison's "Love will tear us Apart".

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have*

11:10 PM  

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