Category Archives: covers

Review: Violent Femmes – Crazy

Label: The Secret of Life Records Released: June 24, 2008 The Violent Femmes return the favor to Gnarls Barkley (who covered “Gone Daddy Gone” on 2006’s St Elsewhere) with this EP containing a cover of “Crazy.” The trouble with Gnarls Barkley’s offering was that it left the song entirely too intact. It sounds fine, but simply does too little to… Read more »

Review: Queensryche – Take Cover

Label: Rhino Released: November 13, 2007 A cover here and there isn’t a bad thing and often playing covers helps a band know itself. But there’s a big difference between the occasional cover that pops up on an album or a live set and releasing a whole album of someone else’s songs. This trend, similar to the current trend of… Read more »

Review: Various Artists – Mystic Radio Presents Covers

Label: Mystic Records Released: 1985 Punk covers albums are a dime a dozen these days, but back in 1985 this album was a pretty good novelty. Twenty mostly fine efforts were committed to vinyl under the tag line, “Our favorite bands mutilate your favorite songs.” How true that was. Some of the covers are typical choices and some are more… Read more »

Review: Bryan Ferry – Dylanesque

Label: Virgin Released: June 26, 2007 One would think that an accomplished artist who dedicates an entire album to covering another single artist must be both enamored and well-versed in his or her subject. An all-Dylan Bryan Ferry release might sound a bit odd considering that Dylan speaks to our hearts in warm, organic imperfections while Ferry speaks in cold,… Read more »

Like a cover…but different

Sometimes two people collaborate on a song and record it with their respective bands. Usually, one is far more successful than the other. These don’t qualify as covers since the songwriters are the performers in both cases. They’re just collaborations that were recorded apart rather than together. Off the top of my head, I can think of three: “China Girl”… Read more »


bobvinyl   May 11, 2007   No Comments on Covers

Metal Mark had a post about covers and Jeff had one about tribute albums, so I thought I’d get in on the act and post a list of some of my favorite covers. Slayer – “In-a-gadda-da-vida” – Slayer does an amazing job with this Iron Butterfly classic. They trim it down to a manageable length and turn it from trippy… Read more »