By late last year, it was apparent that this year was going to be a crazy-good year for rock-indy-alternative-folk (what have you) music. Then a few weeks ago the Stripes announced that they'd have a new album out, probably by summer. Predictably, my boyfriend Brendan Benson announced a new album and a demo to download. Although several music bloggers have said its a departure from his usual stuff. However, I think its not too different from a couple of tracks on "Alternative to Love." Either way, new Brendan? Cool!
The Worst Covers Ever
Heather over on I am Fuel you are friends has a link to cracked.com's list of what they think are the worst covers ever. Although I've only heard a few of these covers(thank goodness), just imagining these artists perform these classics in my head make me giggle. A lot. Enjoy.
20. "You Shook Me All Night Long" — Celine Dion and Anastasia
19. "Downtown Train" — Rod Stewart
18. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" — Guns N Roses
17. "Demolition Man" — Manfred Mann
16. "American Pie" — Madonna
15. "My Generation" — Hilary Duff
14. "It's My Life" — No Doubt
13. "Video Killed The Radio Star" — The Presidents of the United States of America
12. "Walk this Way" — Macy Gray
11. "Another Brick in the Wall" — Korn
10. "I'm A Believer" — Smash Mouth
09. "Satisfaction" — Britney Spears
08. "Sweet Child O Mine" — Sheryl Crow
07. "Big Yellow Taxi" — Counting Crows
06. "911 Is a Joke" — Duran Duran
05. "Anarchy in the UK" — Motley Crue
04. "Behind Blue Eyes" — Limp Bizkit
03. "Feel Like Making Love" — Kid Rock
02. "Dock of the Bay" — Michael Bolton
01. "And It Stoned Me" — Bob Dylan
I totally agree with #7--a big misstep in a guilty pleasure of mine, "Two Weeks Notice." I'd also like to add Celine Dion singing "Bohemian Rhapsody." I heard it on the Strip a few years ago across the street from Caesers. *shudder* Bob making the list at #1? Not really surprised. Love me my Dylan, but have you heard some of his covers? Some are awesome....some....not so much.
I've been a fan of the late Gram Parsons for a long time although I wasn't really aware of his influence on country/alt-country/Ryan Adams(well, I knew he must have influenced Adams as soon as I really sat down and listened to Gram)/, his legacy or his extremely awesome nudie suit (see above) until a couple of years ago. Gram, dead at the age of 26 in 1973 of a drug overdose was a part of the Byrds (after Crosby left), the Flying Burrito Brothers and then performed solo (but dueted with Emmylou Harris after he "found" her in 1971--"her song Boulder to Birmingham is about Gram). There's a legend that he arranged "Honky Tonk Woman" for the Stones but that's never been confirmed. Anyway, if you get a chance check out some of Gram's stuff-there's a chance you probably have anyway.