I’m buried under work and inertia, but I’m still here.
While I’m being slack and unimaginative, why don’t you visit Cover Lay Down, the source of this very different take on a bit of Grease tuneage?
Angus & Julia Stone are currently on the road, hitting up the US, Europe and the UK before heading back home for a string of festival dates here in Oz. Check their myspace for details.
(image via last.fm)
Remember this one? I bloody loved the Kym Mazelle version, waaaaaay back in 1996 when I was still a little slip of a thing. It may have had something to do with Leo as well…. I’m just guessing.
The Swell Season (lovely duo comprising Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) did their own version recently and oh, how I love it. Though I’ve always known the words to the song, I’ve never given them much thought before, always being caught up in the boppy dancy vibe and not focusing on the actual message of the song. In The Swell Season’s very capable hands it becomes a warning to young people, a tale of longing and regret.
It reminds me of when Glen Hansard teamed up with fellow Irishman Colm Mac Con Iomaire to perform Britney Spears’ ‘Everytime’ – a teenybopper pop song is instantly transformed into a beautiful lament. Lovely stuff.
The Swell Season’s take on ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ comes courtesy of Captain Obvious – check out his most recent Covers Mixtape for more outstanding coverage from artists such as Arcade Fire covering Magnetic Fields, Calexico covering Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket covering The Band, Yo La Tengo covering Daniel Johnston… the list goes on.
Two Door Cinema Club were in the country last week to play at Splendour In The Grass, and also managed to stop by the Triple J studios to do Like A Version. Triple J have been flogging their cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Cecilia’ these past few days, and I can’t help but sing along every single time. Check out the video here.
I wish I had the mp3 version to share with you, but sadly I’ve not been able to track it down. I will leave you instead with this gorgeous version of the very same tune by LA’s Local Natives.
Don’t ya just love it?
(image via whothehell)
I’ve never been able to make up my mind about Sarah Blasko. I find her a little bit too ‘indie-girl cute’, which I guess is horribly patronising and totally unfounded – but there’s no denying her gorgeous vocal talents.
She’s also produced a few covers throughout her career, tackling Cold Chisel, Crowded House and Elton John. I can’t say I’m a big fan of the Crowded House number, but I do like her take on ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ – clean and simple.
This video just makes me giggle. Got a fist of pure emotion… got a head of shattered dreams….
Anything Take That related makes me think of this day in Grade 6 when my friend ran wailing up the corridor, shouting about some band called Take That breaking up. “Who’s Take That?” I asked. Who, indeed.
This was meant to appear in my most recent coverage post, but for some reason I overlooked it.
Side note: Apparently Take That are back together again, having reformed in 2005 after a nine year break. Good grief.
I saw a gorgeous sight this morning, driving along a twisty-turny country road. I’d just crossed a rickety old bridge and after coasting around the bend I came across a grey kangaroo sitting in the middle of the road. Green grass on either side, shrouded in fog, it stared at me calmly before casually bounding away through the bush. It was a fantastic start to the day.
Here’s to unexpected views around the bend.
And here’s to the great pile of coverage I have languishing on my hard drive. Enjoy.
(Image: this isn’t the road I was driving on this morning, but it’s a pretty close approximation, taken around the same area)
My internet shat itself yesterday, and didn’t come back up until this afternoon – here’s what should’ve appeared yesterday…
What better way to kick off your Friday than with a selection of the best tracks from the It All Started archives? If I’m honest though, this is really just an excuse for me to repost all those tracks that I love and that you may have missed the first time round. Today’s edition is all about the coverage… enjoy!
Damn, I love this song. I think it’s something to do with the simple chord progression and the half-laugh in the vocals. Wonderful stuff.
Like all great songs, many people have had a shot at covering it – Mott the Hoople, The Sugarcubes and The Kooks, to name a few. The Cowboy Junkies also recorded a version that Lou Reed apparently described as “the best and most authentic version I have ever heard”. Check it out below.
Bonus mp3 – this version’s all about the guitar
And lastly, Italy’s Poddighe Power Trio also do a version that’s pretty faithful to the original
(That image rocks, right? I found it at Goodnight Gracie, a blog dedicated to reviews of old rock n’ roll records)