covers covers covers

I love me a good cover version, and this post from Torontoist yielded the following gems.

Straight Up – Dave Werner (c0vering Paula Abdul)
Ok, I’ll come clean, I totally dug Paula Abdul in the late 80s, as did the rest of you. Dave Werner’s acoustic cover of “Straight Up” makes perfect sense, palm-mutings and all. I really like this trend of non-ironic pop song covers, a good example of which is Ted Leo’s cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone”.

Peach Plum Pear – Final Fantasy (covering Joanna Newsom)
Owen Pallett is quite the musical genius, especially live, creating fantastic string arrangements on the fly. I originally thought Joanna Newsom covered him with “Peach Plum Pear”, mostly because I always preferred his version. He’s also got an incredible live cover of Bloc Party’s “This Modern Love” that makes an appearance on my iPod quite often. Willy, can you spot the effects?

Hallelujah – k.d. lang (covering Leonard Cohen)
The late Jeff Buckley’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” will forever be the definitive version of the song, but k.d. lang comes so so very close. I guess she loses out because she doesn’t come with the added pathos of being dead, which is probably a good thing. Here she’s at complete ease, make-up free and barefoot, and she absolutely kills. I’m still getting chills.


4 Responses to “covers covers covers”

  1. 1 brainwax November 29, 2006 at 0:00

    hmmm only rufus wainwright’s hallelujah does it for me. i can’t really stand the others.

  2. 2 billy November 29, 2006 at 0:34

    i dunno, rufus wainwright is close, but i think its partly the gay guy angle. gay crooners always have more cool points, but then again, k.d. lang dunneed.

  3. 3 Ivan Chew November 30, 2006 at 18:14

    The second one is nice. Talented indeed.

  4. 4 Lounge Lizard December 1, 2006 at 17:25

    Bryan is the effects man…. Not me.

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