Posts Tagged ‘Covers’

“Hit Me Baby One More Time” sounds great when covered by Travis

February 25, 2009

Scottish band Travis makes this Britney Spears song not suck.  Find out more about Travis at their official website.

Great Cover Versions: “Voodoo Child” as covered by Stevie Ray Vaughn

February 19, 2009

“Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix might be my all-time favorite rock song.  And while most guitarists, past or present, should be executed on the spot for even thinking of playing but 1 chord of a Hendrix song, Stevie Ray Vaughan damn near matches Hendrix on this song.  Spot on.

“Crazy in Love” by The Magic Numbers

January 11, 2009

The Magic Numbers are a groovy band based in London. Check out their superb cover of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” below. This version was recorded live on BBC radio. You can also find The Magic Numbers performing “Crazy in Love” on “Sounds Eclectic-The Covers.”

Pick yourself up a copy of “Sounds Eclectic-The Covers” on KCRW’s website. Find out more about The Magic Numbers on their official website or on MySpace.

“Last Christmas”-the original by Wham, and a far superior cover version

November 30, 2008

A very closeted George Michael back in his Wham days. Notice as he hangs his head under the weight of living a lie. Well, the 15 lbs. of hair doesn’t help either, but still…

Dedicated to Izzy, a man whose love for that song is exceeded only by his love for publicly mooning his friends.  Not me of course…other friends.  Oh the shame…..

Next up is Kotaro Oshio performing a very nice acoustic cover of the song. Just a bit more understated than the Wham version.

7 yr. old sings Billy Joel

July 16, 2008

This even made a (recovering) cynic like myself smile.

Prince sues to stop distribution of tribute album covering his songs

June 25, 2008

That Prince is a confusing one. From Wired.com

Fifty artists who recorded Prince covers in honor of His Purpleness’ 50th birthday June 7 have been slapped with a lawsuit by the short-tempered star. His lawyers now demand that all copies of the tribute be destroyed. Shockadelica had reached No. 8 on Norway’s album charts and received several popular reviews by the Norwegian press.

It’s perfectly legal to record and sell cover songs of someone else’s material, so long as you pay the compulsory licensing fee of about 10 cents per song. To sell their five-disc set of 81 Prince cover songs, they would have to remit around $8 per unit sold to Prince, under a compulsory mechanical license.

Norway’s C+C Records distributed 5,000 of the box sets starting earlier this month, plus digital versions, and claim that no one made any money from the project. As a result, they didn’t think they owed Prince anything except maybe a free copy.

C+C Records owner and Prince fan Christer Falck contacted the Purple One’s people to try to send one to Prince, and that’s when the trouble began, according to the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet (re-reported in Daily Swarm), one of many publications to post positive reviews of the collection.

For now, all 81 songs can be previewed free on C+C Records‘ website, and some are also available on MySpace in streamable medley form.

When this giveaway first began, there were 5,000 copies of the compilation in circulation. Thanks to Prince’s lawsuit and the publicity it will generate, we expect that number to balloon significantly in the coming weeks.

Source article

Scarlett Johansson sings Tom Waits

May 28, 2008

You be the judge, I’ll try to be impartial. <cough> not so good. In movies, lighting can really help an actor. In recording music, it’s the studio. Compare the studio and live versions below.

And then, a live version.