Thursday, December 09, 2004

A Handful Of Covers v2.0

TV On The Radio do a smashing job with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs tune Modern Romance. They add that TVOTR crunk to it, all dirge-y beats and mournful chants. They make it sound just like one of their own. One of my fave new bands of 2004.

Lizzy Mercier Descloux's version of the Bob Marley classic Sun Is Shining is from the Ze Records reissue of Mambo Nassau that came out last year. It's still based on a reggae beat, but it's much sparser - just drums, her chunky bass, her lovely French accent and some simple accordion. I love the original, and this is another unique and cool take on the song.

Placebo turn up the guitars on their version of Robert Palmer's Johnny And Mary. This was the first tune I ever heard from Robert, and I have always loved it and the album it comes from, Looking For Clues. It has a great melody and hook. Placebo play it pretty straight, but definitely punch it up - harder hitting drums and guitars, and Brian's unique voice all make this one work for me too.

Yesterday I got tickets to see Duran Duran's Astronaut tour in March. I saw them at the House Of Blues in Chicago in November of 2003 on their first go-round, and they were pretty good. I've since seen footage of them playing Wembley Arena earlier this year and they were even better - much tighter. Anyway, I'm psyched to see them in the big arena setting! Here's their version of David Bowie's Fame, the b-side of the Careless Memories single from 1981. It's another pretty faithful rendition.


chrisp said...

Three great tracks! Been wanting to hear that YYY cover for a while now. Thanks

John said...

you must get the re-release of Placebo's "Sleeping with Ghosts" that comes with a bonus disc of remakes. they do killer versions of "Running Up That Hill," "Bigmouth Strikes Again" and Sinead's "Jackie". It's jaw-droppingly good.

Michael said...

The version of Johnny & Mary is actually from that reissue! And you are right, it's a fantastic set of covers. I never owned a Placebo record until that one came out - I was so enamored of their choices of covers that I had to buy it.

e_prime said...

The Notwist do an excellent cover of Robert Palmer's "Johnny and Mary" as well.

Michael said...

Wow! I'd love to hear that one. Any idea what it's on?