Tuesday, July 25, 2006

A million lights are dancing and there you are.

  • Frente "Hounds of Love" (Kate Bush cover)
    I was never a really big fan of Frente's covers of "Bizarre Love Triangle," probably because I grew completely sick of that song in the late '80s and because I found it too syrupy, but I really like this.

  • The Puppini Sisters "Wuthering Heights" (Kate Bush cover)
    You knew it was just a matter of time before there were Andrews Sisters-style cover bands, didn't you? Quite adorable.

  • Negazione "I Think I See the Light" (Cat Stevens cover)
    Not exactly the song I'd expect an Italian punk band to cover, but it works.

  • The Mekons "Alone and Forsaken" (Hank Williams cover)
    I love this cover and thought of it last week while watching the 1964 film Your Cheatin' Heart starring George Hamilton as Hank Williams. While the casting confused me a bit and it was quite historically inaccurate, it was great to be reminded of how talented Williams truly was.

  • 18th Dye "Trains and Boats and Planes" (comp. Burt Bacharach)
    there was a time in the mid-1990s when I was obsessed with droning, fuzzy guitars and fell in love with German band's 18th Dye's Tribute to a Bus album. I just learned of this cover the other day and was ecstatic in the geekiest way, as I am also a huge Bacharach fan.

  • Angtoria "Confide In Me" (Kylie Minogue cover)
    I'm not the biggest fan of orchestral metal, but I don't hate this. And this chick could totally kick Amy Lee's ass, an idea that appeals to me.

  • Javier Alvarez "Xanadu" (Olivia Newton-John/ELO cover)
    A strange, slow doo-wop/R&B/electronic take on the ONJ/ELO classic, with which I've been obsessed the past few weeks. Thanks to unemployment and insomnia, I've been scouring YouTube for all thing ONJ and happily discovered the Making Xanadu documentary I remember seeing as a child on Channel 32. Heaven, I tell you:
        *Making Xanadu (Part 1)
        *Making Xanadu (Part 2)
        *Making Xanadu (Part 3)
        *Making Xanadu (Part 4)

        *Also on YouTube: Check out Abba, ONJ and Andy Gibb jamming out some Beach Boys songs. A kitsch orgasm, to be sure.

  • The Popdudes "Waterloo" (Abba cover)
    Speaking of Abba, here's a cover by a power-pop supergroup sent in by reader Pete. I'd like it to be a little faster and poppier, but whatever.
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