Sunday, March 29, 2009

Has it really been a month?

Well, actually, no. Several weeks though...not good. Let's see - what to write, what to write, what...

I know! Covers! About 95% of them are crap. There's only one reason for a band to do a cover: if they can bring a fresh, different interpretation of their own to the song. I'm bringing this up because I just today heard two covers; one of "Stand By Me" performed by John Lennon, and another of "That's When I Reach For My Revolver", performed by Moby. I like John, and I like Moby, but these are song that were done right the first time. No need to mess about with these songs. These guys have more than enough talent and creativity to either come up with a song that needs to be redone ("Voices Carry", for example), or just to come up with an original of their own.

One notable exception to this rule of covers applies to live performances - if you can perform a true and faithful reproduction live, then fine, go ahead. One performance that comes to mind is 10,000 Maniacs doing "Because the Night" on MTV Unplugged (pulled from YouTube...grrrrr!!!).


Once again, just to make it clear...

Good:



Transcendant:



Bad. Really, really, really bad:


Effing Olsen twins...



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Listening to: Dinosaur Jr. - Start Choppin (LP Version)
via FoxyTunes

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2 Comments:

At 29 March, 2009 01:54, Blogger Sylvana said...

What about Tori Amos' "Smells Like Teen Spirit"?
Weird?

I loved it.

 
At 29 March, 2009 13:00, Blogger sideshow bob said...

Oh yeah, that one's good too.

 

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