This post started off about Amanda Palmer’s new EP (which I like!), and has since turned into an indictment of the entire indie cover culture.
I feel like there are a lot of covers floating around right now that are basically a guy or girl with an acoustic guitar singing the lyrics to a pop song in a purposefully alternative way. Over the top indie basically. Amanda Palmer started to go down this route, but threw a ukelele into the mix and picked Idioteque by Radiohead instead of something like Pursuit of Happiness (covered by Lissie) or Juicy (covered by Emily Wells). The cover is actually one of many on her EP titled Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukelele. You can buy the whole album on her website for as low as 84 cents.
I really do want to expose this indie formula for producing hit covers for what it is, and will attempt to do so below. Vote on which one you think is the most egregiously indie!
Idioteque by Amanda Palmer
Juicy by Emily Wells (which I also wrote about in my Juicy post)
Pursuit of Happiness by Lissie
California Gurls by A B & The Sea
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Starfucker
Happy Dre by Sky Ferreira (which I wrote about in my Cover-Ups post)
And thank you All Things Go for posting about Amanda Palmer!