And not all of them done well.
I have nothing against a properly executed cover. I am not one who thinks a great song should be encapsulated in a chastity belt of amber, never to be played by any but its original creator.
But really? If I have to hear this crap many more times, there will be an aneurysm:
Now, I understand that a lot of you love this cover. A LOT of you. And, okay sure, I can recognize that maybe it's a decent reworking of the song. But why? Why that song? Why did anyone think that particular song needed to be proliferated any more than it already has been? Every time I hear it I walk around with that fucking "wa oh oh" lick stuck in my head for a week.
But, I've been a little hard on the boys and their covers lately. This afternoon, the youngest one skipped through the ending of a cover of "Leaving on a Jet Plane" just to get me to shut up about it. I tried to like that one, I really did. But I couldn't. My mom used to sing that song to me (which is maybe an odd song for a mother to sing to her daughter as a lullaby, but there you have it) and this version sounded all not folky; this version sounded like something that wouldn't allow itself to be in the same room as anything even remotely macrame.
Take away macrame and you're seriously fucking with my childhood.
Despite what I may have led people to believe, I am not a cover hater. So long as the covers don't suck. These, for example, are all acceptable options readily available from my iPod.
And now I have to apologize because I just spent the past hour and a half blipping a bunch of covers, expecting that I'd be able to embed them here just like I used to. But either Blip has changed its embedding policies or I'm too bleary eyed to figure it out right now. As a temporary (or permanent) solution, I've added them all to a blip playlist, which you can find here: http://blip.fm/profile/MartiniMom/playlist. However, I'm not even certain you can see my playlist... if that's the case, go to my station and listen to Tom Waits through Jimi Hendrix. Oy.
A quick summary:
- Sea of Love - Tom Waits
- Neverending Math Equation - Sun Kil Moon
- Wonderwall - Ryan Adams*
- Just Can't Get Enough - Nouvelle Vague
- Needle in the Hay - Melissa Laveaux
- High and Dry - Jorge Drexler**
- Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley***
- Such Great Heights - Iron and Wine***
- Mad World - Gary Jules
- Inside and Out - Feist
- Boyz-N-the Hood - Dynamite Hack*
- New York - Cat Power
- A Change is Gonna Come - Ben Sollee****
- Take on Me - A.C. Newman*
- All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix***
**Too many people cover Radiohead. I've noticed a similar trend lately with MGMT. Branch out people.
***Better than the original.
****Pure unadulterated sacrilege. But I like it. Forgive me father for I have sinned.