Under Cover

Posted: May 23, 2015 by nickd0913 in Uncategorized

I love a good cover song.  I think everyone probably enjoys cover songs.  It is a great way to hear bands you like sing the songs of bands that influenced them.  Over the years some of the bands I love have covered some great songs that have turned me on to bands I had never listened to before.  I wanted to try and turn you on to some cover songs that I think are really cool.  I will try and steer clear of songs you have heard a million times and hopefully introduce you to some new versions of songs you may or may not be familiar with.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – When My Baby’s Beside Me 

This song was originally done by the seminal band Big Star.  Big Star only made 3 records but became one of the most influential bands you have never heard of.  After watching the documentary “Big Star:Nothing Can Hurt Me” I have become obsessed with the band.  I am also obsessed with Jason Isbell so when he does a Big Star cover you know it will be nasty. Enjoy this obscure cover.

Matthew Sweet – Do Ya

This is an absolutely ferocious version of the ELO classic song.  I was introduced to this version of the song by loyal BDS reader, Josh Garland, years ago on a mix CD.  I lost the CD and have always regretted not having this song in my collection.  This is easily one of my favorite cover songs of all time.  If you do not like this song there is a good chance you are a real asshole.

Serena Ryder – Racing in the Street

I do not know anything about Serena Ryder at all.  If you want to know anything about her feel free to pull up Google and do some research on her.  The only thing I do know is her version of this Bruce Springsteen song is incredible.  I heard it several years ago and immediately wore it out.  I still listen to this song a fair amount.  This version never gets old to me.

Fuel – Daniel

I dabbled in Fuel during the late nineties.  They had a few decent songs but I was never in love with them.  To be honest I do not even know if they are still a band these days.  I will say their version of “Daniel” by Elton John is great.  I do not even really like the original version of the song that much but this version is pretty nasty.

Stereophonics – Heart of Gold

One of my favorite songs of all time. The original version from Neil Young is unbeatable but this version from the band Stereophonics is about as close as you can get to being as good as the original.  I have played the shit out of this song over the years. Fun fact about the original version of this song.  Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor sing back up on it.  If you do not believe me just ask my wife.  She will verify that for you.


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