March 29, 2009

Cover CD tracklist

Thanks to my complete inability to make a decision, I made like four versions of this mix depending on who I gave them to. Here's basically what they looked like:

Take On Me - AC Newman (covering A-ha)
Maybe I'm Amazed - Jem (covering Paul McCartney)
Nobody Does It Better - Aimee Mann (covering Carly Simon)
Iron Man - The Cardigans (covering Black Sabbath)
Gold Dust Woman - Hole (covering Fleetwood Mac)
Venus as a Boy - Corinne Bailey Rae (covering Björk)
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Devo (covering The Rolling Stones)
Strangers in the Night - Cake (covering (the song made famous by) Frank Sinatra)
Personal Jesus - Johnny Cash (covering Depeche Mode)
The Passenger - Michael Hutchence (covering Iggy Pop)
The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana (covering David Bowie)
Rock the Casbah - Solar Twins (covering The Clash)
Running Up That Hill - Placebo (covering Kate Bush)
Love & Other Bruises - Splendid (covering Air Supply)
Transmission - Hot Chip (covering Joy Division)
Baby One More Time - Travis (covering Britney Spears (sort of))
We Will Become Silhouettes - The Shins (covering The Postal Service)
She Don't Use Jelly - Ben Folds Five (covering The Flaming Lips)
Across the Universe - Fiona Apple (covering The Beatles)

I also rotated in For What It's Worth by the Candy Skins, a couple different Cake songs, and Hurt by Johnny Cash (overplayed but good). I really like Fly on the Windscreen by God Lives Underwater and SP's version of You're All I've Got Tonight but I tried to lay off since I've beaten them to death on past mixes. Let me know if you want a copy; I'll try to personalize it. Otherwise I think this has kept me from getting anything accomplished for long enough.

March 21, 2009

Cover songs

So I've been thinking about making a mix CD with cover songs I like. I thought I might give a copy to some friends so I wanted to make a proper CD cover:

It's not a real album

I wanted more of a cheesy vibe but I think I ended up with creepy.

I like covers when they're done well. Even disregarding the ones that aren't, limiting all the options to one CD is difficult. Lots of bands have had tribute CDs made for them; you could make a box set of nothing but Beatles covers (somewhere out there is an awesome bossa nova style remake of Hey Jude they used to play on an all-Beatles radio station). The Smashing Pumpkins have recorded enough to make a CD of nothing but covers. I'll share my tracklist when I finalize it, but in the meantime if anybody's reading, what song(s) would you include?

PS Does anyone have an mp3 of Kloey covering I Hear a Symphony?