Monday, May 22, 2017

22 May 2017 - Sky Ferreira - Falling

I shudder to call this a cover.  Even though Julee Cruise provided the original vocal to this song, it was Angelo Badalamenti's haunting musical arrangement that makes the song memorable. And yes, he and his bands are accompanying here.

But it is a cover, at least of the vocal version. Sky Ferreira is much more of a belter than Julee Cruise, with a higher voice, bringing a slightly different feel to the vocals.

I'm down to the third paragraph and I haven't even mentioned the obvious - this is the theme from Twin Peaks, which is currently experiencing a revival on Showtime, and premiered last night.  And yes, both Sky Ferreira (in a non-musical role) and Julee Cruise (as the roadhouse singer) are scheduled to appear.  As a huge Twin Peaks fan, I am quite excited.

And when I found this cover, I was excited that everything had come full circle.  So enjoy.

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

19 April 2017 - Kirsten Dunst - Turning Japanese (HD)

In my most surprising discovery this week, Kirsten Dunst not only can sing, but sings the hell out of the Vapors classic.  I mean, she's sung in a few movies (Spider-Man 3 comes to mind) but this is a different, unexpected level.



The video isn't entirely SFW, folks - there are flashes of questionable anime - so be careful. This was part of a performance art piece directed by pop artist Takashi Murakami along with McG, so its very bright, anine-influenced look isn't entirely unexpected.  Enjoy!



Friday, April 14, 2017

14 April 2017 - Kiefer Sutherland - Ways to Be Wicked

We posted the original Lone Justice version of this song over on Wicked Guilty Pleasures today.

So it delighted us to see that Kiefer Sutherland not only does a cover, but an EXCELLENT cover, of this song.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

27 December 2016 - One Republic - Millennium

I know you were hoping for a cover by a band with one hit in the US of an artist that never made it big here on his own.



My friends, your hopes are answered.



Friday, December 23, 2016

23 December 2016 - A Very Bittersweet Christmas

One of my favorite songs of all time is "Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve.  Legally, it's considered a cover.  No,  really: Jagger/Richards are credited because it was ruled that Richard Ashcroft lifted the violin rift from a cover of the Rolling Stone's song "The Last Time" by the Andrew Oldham Orchestra.  Judge that for yourself here:



But we aren't here to talk about that.  We're here to talk about covers of that "cover".

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

21 December 2016 - The BlackSheeps - Gold Lion

The BlackSheeps was a band from Norway who happened to also be indigenous people from there - Sami, to be precise.  Yeah, they live north of the Arctic Circle.

That doesn't mean they can't pull out a superhot Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover.  While they were just out for a stroll.  And using a soccer goal as a drum kit.



As an added bonus, here is a more stripped down version of the same cover......



....and here's a far less stripped down version.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

29 September 2016 - Atomic Kitten - Eternal Flame

I know what you're thinking.

Just because a group of women who can sing get together doesn't mean they should tackle The Bangles.

It's a fair thought.   Hell, they probably shouldn't tackle the Spice Girls.

HOWEVER, these women really could sing, and did an admirable job with the song.  And since Jenny Frost - the woman lying down doing her solo piece - had TONSILLITIS during this shoot and COULDN'T do anything but lay down, the video even came out pretty good.