the archivist January 14, 2010

So I made you all a little mixtape. Mix file? That sounds lame. Anyway. Here are some good, bad, and interesting cover songs. Why cover songs? Well, I think it’s an interesting study of how performers relate to music. Can music succeed without its originator? How far can an audience tolerate change and reinvention of something they are familiar with, perhaps even love? Many of the tracks below are genre-bending, gender-bending, or just great collaborations compared to the original or most famous versions of the songs. I didn’t include any too obvious (i.e. Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah)–at least, I don’t think any of these are too well known. Some work better than the original, some don’t. Some even suggest a dimension that the predecessor never dreamed of. So I hope you enjoy.

Download the zip file and you even get a bonus DIY CD wrapper with the tracklisting. Just print and fold. And fear not, I have many more gems for part 2. Stay tuned.

http://www.zshare.net/download/71142896d1bff929/

Tracklist:
#……Song……Cover artist……Original/better known artist
1……Burning Down the House……Tom Jones & The Cardigans……Talking Heads
2……Long and Winding Road……Aretha Franklin……The Beatles
3……When You Were Mine……Cyndi Lauper……Prince
4……Islands in the Stream……Feist & The Constantines……Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers
5……I Love How You Love Me……Neutral Milk Hotel……The Paris Sisters (Phil Spector prod)
6……In the Aeroplane Over the Sea……Matt Pond PA……Neutral Milk Hotel
7……I Wanna be Where You Are……Erykah Badu & The Roots……Michael Jackson
8……Bad Moon Rising……Rasputina ……Credence Clearwater Revival
9……Toxic……A Static Lullaby……Britney Spears
10……My Girl……Loudon Wainwright III……The Temptations
11……Everywhere……Vampire Weekend……Fleetwood Mac
12……Comfortably Numb……Dar Williams & Ani DiFranco……Pink Floyd
13……Nobody Does it Better……Radiohead……Carly Simon
14……I Need Love……Sexton Blake……LL Cool J
15……One……Aimee Mann……Harry Nilsson
16……I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love with You 10,000 Maniacs……Tom Waits
17……What a Wonderful World……Nick Cave & Tom Waits……Louis Armstrong
18……Redemption Song……Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer……Bob Marley
19……My Boyfriend’s Back……The Raveonettes……The Angels
20……Danny’s Song……Me First & The Gimme Gimmes……Kenny Loggins
21……Mother……Luther Wright & the Wrongs……Pink Floyd

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