Monday, November 19, 2007

Tonite [sic] I'm crawling out from in it.

I'm trying to make up for the brief gap this weekend by posting 12 songs. They're all over the map as usual, but all are better than that catastrophic Sugarland cover of Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" on tonight's American Music Awards, IMO.

  • Jason Groth (and friends?) "Gold Hick" (Guided By Voices cover)
  • Jason Groth (and friends?) "King and Caroline" (Guided By Voices cover)
    Jason lives in Indiana, is a friend of my best pal Ryan and is/has been in lots of bands, such as Magnolia Electric Co., The Impossible Shapes, The Coke Dares, etc. He's also apparently a man after my own heart and recently recorded a track-for-track tribute to GBV's Alien Lanes, which is an awesome thing to do. He sent it to Ryan, Ryan sent it to me, and here we all are.

  • Gravioli "The Kids Are Alright" (The Who cover)
    Speaking of my best pal Ryan, this is a quick cover he recorded the other day and sent to me. I didn't ask him whether it was okay to post it here, but I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel! He's known me 15 years, I think he knows that all covers sent to me risk an appearance here unless I'm warned otherwise.

  • The McRackins "Love Is Alright Tonite" (Rick Springfield cover)
    Here's another song whose title not only utilizes the "word" alright, but also the "word" tonite. The original Springfield track is not only used brilliantly in Wet Hot American Summer but is also the first song on Side A of Working Class Dog, the album I chose to blare earlier today to drown out the sound of my disgustingly young and attractive hipster neighbors arguing—an act of retaliation that resulted in a slightly uncomfortable verbal exchange, which was later resolved. Hooray for indie peace!

  • The Wave Pictures "A Change Is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke cover)
    Somehow, in a manner unbeknownst to me, a track by The Wave Pictures with a wacky title wound up on my hard drive and in my shuffle play yesterday. I Googled them, found this track on their MySpace page and liked it enough to post here.

  • Mog Stunt Team "Hello There" (Cheap Trick cover)
    Sometimes the songs with simplest lyrics rock the most. I'm not necessarily saying that's the case here. Just sayin'.

  • Hey "Hanging on the Telephone" (Nerves cover)
    I posted a cover of this not too long ago, but this band is Polish and I don't post enough Polish stuff.

  • Deadbolt "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" (comp. Burt Bacharach)
    This comes from That's New Pussycat: A Surf Tribute to Burt Bacharach, although this is more psychobilly than surf. Or maybe just psycho.

  • The Beautiful South "You're the One that I Want" (Olivia Newton-John/John Travolta cover, from Grease)
    Very often, when bands release all-cover albums such as The Beautiful South's Golddiggas, Headnodders & Folk Songs, it winds up seeming to be more about providing a showcase of said band's idols than a means to create interesting new music. I think in the case of this TBS track, they did a little of both.

  • Lawnmower Deth "Up The Junction" (Squeeze cover)
    This is totally my guilty cover pleasure of the week.

  • Dump "Vienna" (Ultravox cover)
    Keeping with the self-recorded theme of the first few tracks (and thanks to the fact that I was in Dave's Records the other day and they were playing Ultravox and it made me so very happy), here is an old favorite of mine.

  • The Mountain Goats "Dirty Old Town" (Ewan MacColl cover)
    This is here because I [heart] the Mountain Goats and couldn't afford to go see them the other day.

    BabyB said...

    Beyonce has a song called "Irresistible"?

    We need to have a heart to heart discussion about Beyonce soon because she's starting to make me feel outright uncomfortable.

    Dorian Denes said...

    wasn't "Hanging on the Telephone" originally by Blondie?

    Lobstar said...

    Brent- I meant "Irreplaceable," obviously.

    Lobstar said...

    Dorian, as I asserted in a comment the last time I posted a cover of "Hanging on the Telephone":

    The Nerves wrote and performed "Hanging on the Telephone" originally. Blondie covered it. I imagine that the bulk of people covering the song believe they're covering a Blondie song, but they're in reality in that case they're performing a cover of a cover.

    Dorian Denes said...

    I'll stand corrected then! ;)

    E said...

    I love that lawnmower deth album. The whole thing is hilariously great.

    Also, can we stop calling things "guilty" pleasures? If it gives you pleasure and it's not hurting anyone, what is there to feel guilty about?