I think everyone has a love/hate relationship with cover songs. There’s nothing worse than hearing your favorite track get butchered or remixed beyond recognition and in my opinion there are far more cringe-worthy attempts out there than success stories. Here are a few that beat the odds and got some repeat listens over the last few months.
Her Space Holiday – Wolf Parade’s I’ll Believe in Anything – The song Phoebe and I collectively listened to about a million times in 2007 gets some banjos and deep-thought intro/outros from child actors with husky voices…so weird but so good.
Lissy Trullie & Adam Green – Biz Markie’s Just a Friend – No tinkling piano or screaming rap giant here, and that’s clearly not a bad thing. Plus I think Lissy Trullie could sing the phonebook and make it sound poignant.
The Kooks – MGMT’s Kids – Simple, heartfelt acoustic guitars replace complex layers of synth and drums. Like apples and oranges, both are tasty for different reasons.