Beck covered Neil Young‘s 1972 classic
Old Man with a tender acoustic take.
Beck‘s performance was destined to be used in a commercial to
promote this Sunday’s NLF (National Football League) game with
the Kansas City Chiefs vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on
the Sunday Night Football broadcast.
Watch the promo here.
Neil Young who never ever gave permission to use any of his songs for
commercial advertising, in any way, is not so happy with Beck’s move, as
he showed with a picture, without a caption, on his Instagram account.
I wonder who will be the loser of Sunday’s game.
Beck cover in full
Neil Young original
24 September 2022
Fleetwood Mac heroine STEVIE NICKS (born Stephanie Lynn Nicks, 74 years ago)
played some solo shows this past summer. One of the setlist’s songs was her
cover of a 60s classic gem named For What It’s Worth by Americana legends
Buffalo Springfield (1966–1968) featuring giants Stephen Stills and Neil Young.
She now recorded and shared it.
Nicks: “I am so excited to release my new song this Friday. It’s called ‘For What It’s Worth’
and it was written by Stephen Stills in 1966. It meant something to me then, and it means
something to me now. I always wanted to interpret it thru the eyes of a woman — and it seems like today, in the times that we live in — that it has a lot to say… I can’t wait for you to hear it.”
STEVIE NICKS: Facebook – Instagram
To honor OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN, who passed away on 8 August
at the age of 73, following along severe battle against breast cancer,
veteran Riot Grrls Sleater-Kinney, Aussie songstress Courtney Barnett
and American actor/comedian Fred Armisen teamed up at a festival
in Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington, a couple of days ago.
They performed her massive 1981 hit PHYSICAL. It became a lively celebration
of the late superstar. Almost everybody with hairbands (as in Olivia’s sweaty video
of back then). S-K’s Corin Tucker did the vocals and the ONJ gym dance with
Watch the wonderfully fun tribute here…
The ONJ original
OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN: Bio – Discography
(thanks to Steve for sharing his footage of the live performance)
21 August 2022
Fabulous songstress PJ HARVEY shared her cover
of the LEONARD COHEN musing WHO BY FIRE.
It’ll feature on the soundtrack for a new dark
comedy/thriller series, named Bad Sisters
for Apple TV+
The late genial Cohen wrote/recorded the song in
1974 for his album New Skin for the Old Ceremony.
PJ Harvey: “It was a very enjoyable day spent recording the version of Leonard Cohen’s
“Who By Fire” for Bad Sisters. I had spoken to Sharon Horgan in advance of the recording session, so I understood why she felt the song’s lyric was so perfect for the series, but also understood what nuances of Leonard’s performance she most loved, and therefore what
to try and recapture but in my own way.”
PJ HARVEY: Facebook
(Image on top: cover of her album ‘Demos – To Bring You My Love’)
About a month ago teenage pop/punk sensation THE LINDA LINDAS released
their mettlesome debut album Growing Up, singing/screaming about their (young) generation.
Aged 12 to 18, these strong-minded juveniles put all lazy megastar bands
in the shadow when it comes to throwing a get-up-and-go party with spiky
And finally, they did what they wanted to do for a long time, recording their
cover – which they used to play live – of TONITE, the 1981 hit of their heroines
THE GO GO’S, the all-female pop-rock legends from Los Angeles.
The band explains: “The Linda Lindas started out as a cover band, and we’ve played more songs by The Go-Go’s than anyone else. And even after we started to write our own songs, we never stopped playing ‘Tonite.’ We love the idea of us going out and owning our town, and ‘Tonite’ is as fun to play as it is empowering––especially the part where we all sing together. ‘We rule the streets tonite until the morning light’ and so should our fans. Because the cover is such a hit at shows, we decided to record a studio version to pay tribute to the greatest all-female rock band of all time, a crucial part of the L.A. punk scene, and our heroes.”
THE LINDA LINDA’S
THE LINDA LINDAS: Facebook
30 July 2022
As announced a couple of days here a new Leonard Cohen tribute album
is coming. I’ll be out on 11 November via the iconic jazz label Blue Note.
More info here.
Here It Is: A Tribute To Leonard Cohen features covers of 12 of his
countless pearls performed by artists such as Peter Gabriel, Iggy Pop,
David Gtay, Nathaniel Rateli, and Mavis Staples.
Singer-songwriter icon James taylor is also present.
He picked Coming Back To You. A blue ballad from
Cohen‘s 1984 Various Positions album.
The Cohen original.
Leonard Cohen: Bio – Discography
21 July 2022
After three praised albums American singer-songwriter LUCY DACUS (27)
has reached the status of indie star. She was invited recently to be part of
the Spotify Cover Singles series.
She picked that giga blockbuster hit BELIEVE by CHER, one of the
best selling singles in history with more than 11 million copies.
Lucy: “I love Cher’s voice and how low it gets. The timbre of her voice is so unique, you can recognize it anywhere. Even with the autotune, you can tell that it’s Cher and nobody else. But, on our cover, taking away the autotune, I feel like you can tell that the structure of the song is very special and I did feel myself accidentally wanting to become Cher when I was doing vocal takes. It could never happen, but I love a low voiced pop legend.”
LUCY DACUS: Website – Instagram
Back in 2001 New York legends STEELY DAN (Walter Becker (RIP)
and now 74-year-old Donald Fagen) recorded JONI MITCHELL‘s 1971
song CAREY for a tribute album to the singer-songwriter heroine (also
including Prince and Bjôrk among others).
The tribute wasn’t released until 2007, but without Steely Dan‘s cover.
Nobody knew where the track was archived. But a couple of days ago
a DJ named Steve Acri played the track on Pittsburgh Freeform radio. No
further details so far.
Anyway, the song found its way to the Internet via
The Dan Vault (a fanatic Steely Dan fan looking for
and posting rare SD material).
Check it out…
Joni Mitchell original
(An amazing live version)
Welsh icons MANIC STREET PREACHERS covered several songs/artists in the
past (The Cure, Guns ‘n Roses, Small faces, Echo and The Bunnymen, and more).
Last March they played another of their fav songs – Madonna‘s 1984 hit Borderline
live for the 1st time. They love it so much that they went soon after to the studio to
Have a listen…
The Madonona original
The Manics added the recorded version of the cover to their Covers playlist on Spotify.
2 July 2022
SAM CASEY is a Toronto-based artist,
blessed with a astonishing voice.
Last May she shared her cover of the 1967 Etta James classic
I’d Rather Go Blind written by Ellington Jordan and co-credited
to Billy Foster and James.
Casey about her cover choice: “My producer, Joe Thompson, and I have always wanted
to cover Etta James’ tune, “I’d Rather Go Blind.” The way James speaks so directly about the struggle of losing someone is such a genuine act. At the time of recording this song and
video, I was going through a challenging time in my life. It feels so vulnerable to see the results of my raw emotion and struggle that this is almost difficult to watch. As soon as we started filming, the lyrics (and most likely, the fact that I was crying between takes) took everyone to this dark yet loving place where tears were being shed, but there were hugs and kisses floating around all night.”
Here’s her heart-and-soul touching version, sending shivers down your spine.
Original Etta James performance…
SAM CASEY: Facebook – Twitter