Mix Tape Friday: I Wanna Rawk!
We’ve been swooning and sobbing over love for the last two weeks. Always interesting — but I’m getting antsy. It’s time to rawk — and we’re bustin’ out the jams with alternative bands covering rock classics. (You know I love covers.)
Announcing the First Mix Tape Friday Contest!And it’s an easy one: E-mail me the list of original artists for each of these forty songs. All winning entries go into the pot. If I draw your name, you win a chance to co-produce the March 14 mix tape. The e-mail address is on the navbar. Can you stand the excitement?
Loosen up those neck muscles, kids, because you’re getting ready to bang the head.
Dave Grohl :: Stairway to Heaven
Scissor Sisters :: Comfortably Numb
Of Montreal :: Suffragette City
Bryan Ferry :: Sympathy for the Devil
Stone Temple Pilots :: Revolution
Fishbone :: Shattered
The Flaming Lips :: Bohemian Rhapsody
The Cardigans :: Iron Man
Bauhaus :: Ziggy Stardust
The Ramones :: Time Has Come Today
Pearl Jam :: Baba O’Riley
The Replacements :: Jumping Jack Flash
Kristin Hersh :: When the Levee Breaks
The Decemberists :: Think About Me
Aztec Camera :: Jump
Seu Jorge :: Life on Mars?
R.E.M. :: Tusk
Lily Allen :: Mr. Blue Sky
Elvis Costello :: All You Need Is Love
Liz Phair :: Emotional Rescue
Everclear :: The Boys Are Back in Town
Buzzcocks :: Ballroom Blitz
Rage Against the Machine :: Street Fighting Man
Devo :: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
U2 :: Radar Love
Sleater-Kinney :: White Rabbit
Ted Leo :: Dancing in the Dark
Soup Dragons :: I’m Free
The Cure :: Young Americans
Wilco :: Paranoid
World Party :: All the Young Dudes
Sheryl Crow :: Squeeze Box
The Stranglers :: All Day and All of the Night
The Hold Steady :: Against the Wind
Belle & Sebastian :: (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
Jay Farrar :: Like a Hurricane
Joe Jackson :: Oh Well
R.E.M. :: D.O.A.
The Pogues :: Honky Tonk Women
Oasis :: My Generation
Too jittery from contest excitement? Download the zip file and conserve that right-click energy.
These covers are interesting. Some are very true to the original, such as Jay Farrar’s “Like a Hurricane” and Joe Jackson’s “Oh Well.” Others, like Aztec’s Camera’s wonderful “Jump” (way before Nouvelle Vague and Richard Cheese) and Scissor Sisters’ “Comfortably Numb,” become an entirely different song.
I crack up every time I listen to R.E.M.’s "D.O.A." cover (performed at NYC’s Peppermint Lounge, Halloween 1983). As Michael says in the introduction, it’s probably the worst song ever written. It was my fav-o-rite song in eighth grade. Zandra Wonoski (didn’t every girl have a friend named Zandra in junior high?) and I thought we were so frickin’ cool listening to it — and I had the original and the live albums. Listening to the drumbeat slow as his heart slows and dies was just awesome … when you were thirteen in 1972.
I adore musicians who sing a lot of cover tunes — and Dave Grohl may win the prize as the most prolific and most brilliant. I have him covering everone from Creed and The Spice Girls to "Baker Street" and Prince — and I don’t spend much time searching for his songs. He’s so adorable. Show of hands of everyone who’s crushing on Grohl?
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