Belgian Daydreamers SUN GODS Cover THE CURE’s Classic ‘PICTURES OF YOU’…

23 April 2019

Belgian pop daydreamers SUN GODS celebrate the 30th birthday of THE CURE‘s darksome masterwork DISINTEGRATION with an interpretation of their own of PICTURES OF YOU, the best track on that much-lauded longplayer and to Turn Up The Volmume‘s ears the Goth stars’ most magnetic pièce de résistance.

Considering the song’s classic status SUN GODS‘s choice to cover it, is both daring and bold. It’s the passionate vox of frontman Brent Buckler that colors this beauty differently from the original score. Suddenly it feels like there is still hope for a better future after
Pictures Of You‘ instead of a never-ending grief as reflected in the doom-loaded impact
of Robert Smith‘s performance. One outstanding song, two different, affecting renditions.

Absorb the impressive cover here…

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SUN GODS: Facebook


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Iconic Veteran TODD RUNDGREN Inflames WEEZER’s ‘Hash-Pipe’…

14 April 2019

Wow! Double wow! Triple Wow! Flamboyant iconic veteran TODD RUNDGREN was always hungry to do something unexpected throughout his long career. This time he kept it real simple by giving WEEZER‘s classic HASH PIPE a heavy kick upon its doped ass during a live in-studio session for Sirius XM Satellite Radio in Manhattan, New York. Rundgren has covered this nasty rocker regularly for some years now, on his live shows or on special occasions. But this inflaming rendition beats any other of his versions available on YouTube. Wow…

TODD RUNDGREN: Facebook

It’s Official Now! J MASCIS Covers TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS…

10 April 2019

After J MASCIS was captured singing DON’T DO ME LIKE THAT, a top track
from the late, great TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS that appeared
on their 1979 album Damn The Torpedoes in a mostly empty Massachusetts
karaoke bar last summer he has now recorded the song officially. Check here…

Here’s the less impressive, yet lively karaoke version…

J MASCIS: Facebook / TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS: Facebook

YOU ARE NUMBER SIX – French Synth Pop Outfit Has A ‘Heart Of Gold’ For Legend NEIL YOUNG…

6 March 2019

YOU ARE NUMBER SIX is a French electronic collective from Montpellier with a colorful taste for atmospheric synth-pop waves. They are working on their new EP but made time to cover one of NEIL YOUNG‘s timeless classics, also his greatest hit ever, No 1 in the US, HEART OF GOLD. Maybe folk purists will raise their eyebrows on hearing this vibey and new wave-ish interpretation but I’m sure the diehard Young fans will immediately think
of their hero’s experimental 1982 album TRANS when the legend employed a vocoder
to synthesize his voice on some of the tracks. To my ears, this smooth You Are Number
Six
cover with its sensual duet vocals fits right in there on that misinterpreted longplayer. Check it out for yourself right here…

YOU ARE NUMBER SIX: Facebook – Bandcamp


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When Heavy Legendary Rockers LED ZEPPELIN Hit SOMETHIN’ ELSE…

10 December 2018

British hard rockin’ legends LED ZEPPELIN knew all the classics back then. They not only covered some of them live and on record but used others’ work, mainly songs from black blues artists, as a (sometimes literal) inspiration. But before starting an endless plagiarism debate, let’s hear/watch their thunderous 1970 live rendition at London‘s Royal Albert Hall of Eddie Cochran‘s 1959 firecracker SOMETHIN’ ELSE

LED ZEPPELIN: Facebook – Website

WARDROBE Turns ‘COME BACK AND STAY’ Into Heavy-Hearted Ballad…

While recording new songs for his upcoming album Belgian singer/songwriter Johan Verckist and his musical vehicle WARDROBE, stimulated by their producer, had a stroke
of instant productivity and inventive imagination and covered COME BACK AND STAY in
a flash of time. Yes, that longing love song made famous by Paul Young back in 1983, but actually written by Jack Lee, the guitarist of 70s Los Angeles power pop trio The Nerves.

Wardrobe‘s version is a much darker affair, due to a yearning violin that comes and goes and returns as if it wants to put an evil spell on the lovers’ future. Add Verckist‘s almost whispering voice and suddenly you’re in Tindersticks land. Light a candle and listen/watch right here…

WARDROBE: Facebook

NICOLE ATKINS And MARK LANEGAN Cover GUNS ‘N ROSES In Appealing Duet…

21 November 2018


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Nashville based singer-songwriter NICOLE ATKINS just shared her alluring version of the Guns N’ Roses classic ballad NOVEMBER RAIN with vocal assistance of great vox Mark Lanegan. Man of many bands, countless collaborations and some impressive solo work. Although their voices resonate differently in tone, timber and color, this appealing duet of both crooners works amazingly well. Catch the beauty here…


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NICOLE ATKINS: Facebook – Website

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA Cover DAVID BOWIE’s Hunky Dory Oldie… ‘OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS’

20 June 2018

New Zealand s pop collective UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA released their fourth
full length Sex & Food  last April. They’ve been touring the globe since then and recently stopped by Canadian indie rock radio  Sirius XMU to record a playful cover of David Bowie’s Hunky Dory LP classic ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’. Here’s UMO’s energetic rendition…

The masterly original…

Foo Fighter’s DAVE GROHL And His 12-Year Daughter VIOLET Cover ADELE Song For Children’s Cause…

Ex-Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters’s frontman DAVE GROHL and his daughter VIOLET played an acoustic cover of ADELE‘s ballad “When We Were Young” during a benefit concert in Oakland, California, last Saturday as part of the Notes & Words benefit concert, which raised funds for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Great cause, striking Violet Grohl voice. Capture the magic moment below…

Website CSF Benioff Children’s Hospital right here.