Cover Me …

20 Oct

Early in my listening career, I believed there were only two people allowed to cover other artists’ material:

Joe Cocker

Bonnie Raitt


All others were unimaginative posers – in my flawless opinion – because they were cannibalizing someone else’s timeless classic for their own gain (and misleading thousands of impressionable listeners into thinking they had originated the song–horrors!). There were plenty of examples to bear me out: the Pat Boone Caucasianification of  Little Richard; the Wallflowers nullifying the bleak power of David Bowie’s “Heroes” for the benefit of the remake of Godzilla: a retread for a retread; Faith Hill doing “Piece of My Heart” … words fail me.

And they keep coming: Taylor Swift recently did a version of “American Girl” … did you hear me? TAYLOR SWIFT IS COVERING TOM PETTY!!! I need to have my medication adjusted.

Of course, I was full of it. Even before Elvis re-recorded Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes”, rock artists have been making other people’s songs their own. I was in the process of making list of some of my favorite originals and covers and realized it would be better to create a playlist instead:

(If you haven’t discovered Grooveshark, take my word for it: you want to keep it close to your ear. You can find pretty much any song and stream it for free; you can upload as well. Seems like the Beatles have kept themselves off of it, but otherwise it’s spooky how complete it is.)

That said, Joe and Bonnie are unmatched at this. To see why you only have to hear this:

And this:

And enjoy!

See you on the flip side …


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