Posted by Sari
Aha, a cover song meme! As I have previously stated I love covers and for many reasons. One is that, as my understanding of musical theory is nonexistent, cover versions help me to parse music. What can you put in and take out and still have the same song. The Footloose version from Whatever is a great example, under all that EMO whispering it is still recognisably the same song. (This is also one reason I love Rob Paravonian's Pachelbel skit so much. How cool is it to see the same chord progression in so many different songs.) So anyway, covers I like part two:
Shatner (with Ben Folds and Joe Jackson): Common People (original Pulp)
Shatners recitation of the britpop anthem is expertly arranged by Folds and sung by Joe Jackson
2. Nouvelle Vague: Dance with Me (original Lords of the new Church)
Nouvelle Vague (a great name for the band on so many levels) does bossa nova versions of the new wave music. The video is sort of hypnotic.
Balanescu Quartet: Model (original Kraftwerk)
You would think Kraftwerk and string quartet were not a good match but Alexander Balanescu proves you wrong.
Life is Life (original Opus)
This, in my opinion, makes the existence of the original bearable.
5. Bear McCreary: All along the Watchtower (original Bob Dylan) Yes, yes. Hendrix version is maybe the greatest cover ever, they say. But as I am firmly of the opinion that the guitar is not a solo instrument, I much prefer this slightly oriental and edgy version.