The 33-track album contains original Kylie covers. An eclectic range of her classics, from pure electronica, to indie, pop, psych, garage punk, folk, industrial goth, and disco by a range of independent artists from throughout the UK and Europe, there’s something for every taste on this album.
Koan picked Slow. The sensual electro-pop groove that opened her 2003 album.
The cover has a fairly different dynamic. More rock than pop with its psychedelic
guitars, its firm rhythm section and Koan‘s arousing vocals. It’s rare that a cover
is better than the original. But it happens here. Top. And the accompanying video
is top too.
You can buy the compilation via Bandcamp and
support the MacMillian Cancer Charity Organisation.
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 Fred Armisen.
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.”
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 – ofTONITE, 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.”
After three praised albums American singer-songwriterLUCY 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.”
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).
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.