Category Archives: Covers

Egregiously Indie Covers

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 … Continue reading

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ODB on “Love Me Do”

In this interview from the documentary Dirty Minded, Ole’ Dirty Bastard lays down a breathtaking version of “Love Me Do” by The Beatles. I have a few questions. First: do we know why he is singing this song? Not really. … Continue reading

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Daydreamin’

I always knew that the vocal melody for Daydreamin‘ by Lupe was sampled, but until recently, I didn’t know the song. It turns out he drew quite heavily from the song Daydream in Blue by I Monster, which samples the Gunter … Continue reading

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Cover-Ups: Happy Dre

So “Happy Dre” by Sky Ferreira is a mash-up of “Still D.R.E” by Dr. Dre with Sky Ferreira’s cover of “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” by the Beatles. It’s part of an extremely rare breed, the Cover/Mash-Up Hybrid (also known … Continue reading

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Hey Joe

I just found out that Jimi’s “Hey Joe” is actually a cover! It was written by The Leaves, a garage band out of L.A., a year before Hendrix first performed the song in 1966. Tim Rose, a folk rock singer, … Continue reading

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Juicy

I think Juicy has been mashed up more times than any other song in history. I still think the original is the best, but here’s a sampler of some of the various Juicy mash-ups and covers out there. In fact, … Continue reading

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Liszt’s Mania

I think people have a right to know what the term “Lisztomania” actually means. And yes, we all know it’s a very good Phoenix song. “Lisztomania”: a term used to describe the intense fan frenzy directed toward Franz Liszt during his … Continue reading

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Chariots of Fire

We all know the glorious original “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis. The Bad Plus (avant-garde jazz trio) decided to cover the song in their typical, ridiculous fashion. The way they arranged it actually works really well…I think the piano-playing ’80s … Continue reading

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The Books

My sophomore year at Williams, I noticed that there was an art studio class being offered called “The Sample”. The professor listed was Nick Zammuto, one of the two members of the band The Books. The class was incredible, and … Continue reading

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