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Your Friday Five: Cover Me

October 8, 2010
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I’ll miss you when I’m lonely/I’ll miss the alimony too.

  • Neko Case – “Don’t Forget Me” (Harry Nilsson) The thing about Neko Case is that she understands dark and light. Comedy and tragedy. Whites make blacks look darker and vice versa. In this cover, Ms. Case adds just the right amount of gravitas to this bittersweet Nilsson masterpiece.  The Walkmen and Marianne Faithfull also do right by this tune.
  • Tarnation – “Little Black Egg” (The Nightcrawlers) LISTEN HERE. Tarnation take this garage rock classic and give it a heafty dose of high plains twang. It still rocks though. Totally bitchin’.
  • Big Star – “Femme Fatal” (The Velvet Underground) I like this better than the original!  Alex Chilton’s voice sounds like it’s about to just come undone any second. This whole version trembles. Far more disarming than the Nico’s performance.
  • Fol Chen – “The Beautiful Ones” CHECK IT OUT HERE. Most covers of Prince songs suck. I mean really, really, really suck (I see you, Foo Fighters). But this manages to put a charming spin on one of my fave tunes by Mr. Prince Rogers Nelson. Not nearly as sexy as Prince, but the sentiment stays intact.
  • Wooden Shjips – “Drunk Girls” (LCD Soundsystem) SanFrancisco drone lovers take the synthy dance epic and make it sound like Neil Young took a few ‘ludes and tried to cover this song with a bunch of stoners who got their hands on an old organ from a roller rink. In other words, it rules.
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2010 3:23 pm

    The thing about Neko Case is that she understands dark and light. Comedy and tragedy. Whites make blacks look darker and vice versa. In this cover, Ms. Case adds just the right amount of gravitas to this bittersweet Nilsson masterpiece. The Walkmen and Marianne Faithfull also do right by this tune.

    That Neko cover is killing me. She moved to VT recently and I’ve seen her TWICE. Not singing or anything, but walking out of the hippie food store. It was pretty awesome. Now I’m off to find the The Walkmen cover. I’ve really grown to like them a lot.

    Hate to put you on the spot, but if you had to pick your favorite recent (I only have the recent Neko and the last two New Pornographers) which tracks would you pick/suggest to me?

  2. IrishUp permalink
    October 8, 2010 4:02 pm

    Oh, but not all Foo covers suck. This is my recently discovered little slice of pop nirvana:

    I totes agree with you about Big Star!

  3. October 8, 2010 9:53 pm

    Most covers of Prince songs suck. I mean really, really, really suck (I see you, Foo Fighters).

    hahahaha. why does everyone think they can do Darling Nikki? it just makes people seem excited to sing about dirty things without having to write it themselves. cop out!!!

    I love Neko so much, I sat through a Jakob Dylan concert. I would love for a Friday Five of all Neko songs, just saying. No pressure.

  4. October 11, 2010 11:00 pm

    @raymondj re: why so many people cover Darling Nikki, I think you nailed it. I mean, according to Wikipedia, even Rebecca Romijn has covered it!

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