I handed over a new mix CD for Your Sister. I listen to a regular podcast called Coverville dedicated to playing covers or originals of songs many don't realize are covers. It's hit and miss, and the host tends to get into ruts; how many covers for Umbrella, Crazy, Hey Yeah or Hallelujah can one hear? The variety of the podcast makes it consistently interesting as familiar songs swoop through bluegrass or ska translations. I've listened to it for a few years now and kept the best episodes to hear particular songs. But thanks to the free Audacity software, I can clip those songs and ditch the rest of the file. This is what I did for her, making an anthology of the most effecting covers.
1. Hot Rod Lincoln Bill Kirchen
I don't know the original, but this cover distinguishes itself when the band imitates dozens of other musicians halfway through.
2. Changed the Locks Tom Petty
Originally by Lucinda Williams
3. Don't Stop Believing Petra Hayden
A one-woman a cappella cover.
4. Girls Just Want To Have Fun Greg Lazwell
A very slow cover using only the piano.
5. Creep Clockwork
A capella. Radiohead's Creep may be the best song of the '90s, the immediate descendant of the Police's Every Breath You Take. The simple chord structure helps it move to other genres smoothly.
6. Better Be Home Soon Casey Chambers
Originally by Crowded House
7. Something About You Anthony David
The original, by Level 42, is one of the best '80s songs. It never lost its luster.
8. 3 is the Magic Number Jellydots
Originally from Schoolhouse Rock. I didn't get to see the ACT production.
9. Somewhere Over The Rainbow Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
This is the Hawaiian version, the one sung note-for-note recently on American Idol. I first heard it in Season One of Lost, back when each episode ended with a musical montage.
10. Short People King Singers
This is Randy Newman's infamous song, done a cappella.
11. Hope That I Don't Fall In Love Amiliana Tourini
Originally by Tom Waits.
12. Hey, Jude Wilson Pickett
Originally the the Rolling Stones. No, Sex Pistols.
13. Mama Told Me Not to Come Randy Newman
This is actually the original. Three Dog Night covered it and made it famous.
14. The Gambler Johnny Cash
Originally by Kenny Rogers.
15. Take On Me Sarah Bareilles
Originally by A-Ha. She's the women whose Not Gonna Write You A Love Song is everywhere now.
16. Common People Joe Jackson and William Shatner
Originally by Pulp. Shatner speaks his lyrics, and the production is stellar.
I'm gauzed up, and the wound continues to seep.
Lost comes back tonight at 10 p.m.
Picture of the Day
A scarf that looks like bacon.