Most everyone knows some piece of the tragically short story which was Amy Winehouse’s life. This cover is one of my favorites because it both brings out the simple power of her voice and places her in the musical era that so inspired her own life. Here is Ms. Winehouse covering the 1960 classic by The Shirelles entitled “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”.
I just got put on to the ridiculously amazing cover of this song in the new trailer for The Great Gatsby. ”Love is Blindness” was originally performed by U2 off their classic “Achtung Baby” album, and was covered by Jack White (of White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather, and general awesomeness fame) for a charity album that came out last year to benefit Concern Worldwide. The album had some amazing artists cover each of the songs from “Achtung Baby”.
Anyway, who does it better? I think my vote is for Mr. White…
Jack White version:
The Great Gatsby trailer:
This 1966 classic from the Rolling Stones entitled “Paint It Black” became a favorite of mine growing up as the theme song to the short lived (but amazing) TV series “Tour of Duty.” Mick Jagger of The Stones said the track was written about a girls funeral. Newer generations of folks have gotten hip to this song from it being covered by Vanessa Carlton on her 2002 debut album. While part of me feels like its sacrilegious to even pose this question…who does it better???
One of the most beautiful soul performances Ive ever seen has to be Maxwell’s cover of “This Woman’s Work” on MTV Unplugged in 1997. The song was written by legendary songwriter Kate Bush, and Maxwell took it to the next level with this performance at Brooklyn Academy of Music. One of the interesting things about this Unplugged is that prior to taping this, Maxwell had only released one album which was “Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite”. Typically Unplugged status goes to well established performer. Nevertheless, this song made its rounds on R&B and adult contemporary radio, appeared on the Love & Basketball movie soundtrack and college mixtapes across the country.
Enjoy this live performance from the MTV Unplugged and tell me he doesn’t suck you in with song…
The music world lost an icon this week with the passing of Beastie Boys Adam “MCA” Yauch. When they released their first album, the legendary License to Ill, in 1986 many people had trouble taking this trio seriously. Some of that came from their sophmoric humor and antics, some came from the fact that it was three white kids from NY trying to fuse rock and roll and burgeoning rap music genre. The result however was pure innovation that paved the way for so many others and in many ways led to the music we see so often today which mixes hip hop, rock and dance.
Their influence went far and wide, and that is exemplified below in a beautiful tribute by Coldplay on May 4, 2012 at the Hollywood Bowl. Just another reason to love Coldplay too.
Check it out.
While this song ultimately highlights Red Hot Chili Pepper frontman Anthony Keidis’ voice, or lack thereof, I think its quite an interesting cover given the band and the song. Originally peformed by Dion and the Belmonts in the late 1950′s, “Teenager in Love” was an instant classic and regarded by some as one of the greatest rock songs ever. Aside from the RHCP, this song was also covered by everyone from Bob Marley to Simon and Garfunkel. I can almost picture the ’57 Cadillac, poodle skirts and soda shops as I listen to this tra
This installment of “Who Does It Better” features “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver. Competing against the original is this great cover by 15 yr old British singer Birdy, who won the 2008 Open Mic UK competition.
So who wins???
Where do I start…
So Eva Cassidy was from DC. She has an angelic voice and recorded some amazing tracks, more specifically her cover songs of classic pop song were mesmerizing. While she was popular in DC when she released some songs independently in 1992, she sadly was unable to see the true fruits of her talents as she prematurely passed away at 33 years of age from melanoma.
Four years after she died her cover of “Over The Rainbow” was featured on the BBC in the UK which caused such a stir, her album shot to #1 on the UK charts prompting 3 of her single to hit #1 and sell 10 million records.
Truly a great talent. If you like this cover of Cindy Lauper’s “True Colors” you will also love “Over the Rainbow” (which I also included below) and “Fields of Gold”.
Well, theres not much to say other than you need to watch this whole video. Basically, a man who appears to be under the influence is arrested in Canada and then proceeds to sing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in its entirety in the back of the squad car on his way to the station. Hilarious!
This is amazing! It must have taken someone a long time to pull these clips together on beat, but the result are well worth it. Check out our President “singing” “Im Sexy And I Know It” made popular by LMFAO. You can click here to see the LMFAO version which is one of the funniest videos of recent times in itself.