Tuesday, August 19, 2008

covers: part four

Part four! This time: Songs Written Before You Were Born

I started my life as one of those weird kids in high school wearing a Beatles t-shirt, etching the Who logo on her binder, drawing various members of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in art class. I still think that some of the best music was made between the years 1966 and 1972. Here's some of that music, recorded by some great acts of more recent years.

Of special note is Gibbard's Monkees cover, noteworthy for the following reasons: 1 – Gibbard dedicates the song to Micky Dolenz, while the song was originally sung by Davy Jones. 2 – Yes, I actually appreciate the Monkees enough to know this off the top of my head. There are whole episodes of the television series that my kid sister and I know by heart. This is why we are would-be hipsters and not the legit kind. 3 – I don't know what this "hate pit" is of which Gibbard and the radio presenter speak, but I feel it may be a bit of a pot-kettle-black situation there, for while Mr. Dolenz may have terrible taste in clothes, he has never, to my knowledge, killed a kitten. But that's another story altogether.)

"Harvest" – originally by Neil Young, covered by Rufus Wainwright & Chris Stills
"You Can Call Me Al" – originally by Paul Simon, covered by Jens Lekman
"Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard" – originally by Paul Simon, covered by Peter Bjorn & John
"Don't Bring Me Down" – originally by Electric Light Orchestra, covered by OK Go
"Expecting to Fly" – originally by Buffalo Springfield, covered by Emily Haines
"Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" – originally by the Monkees, covered by Ben Gibbard

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