16 May 2008

Mix Tape Friday: Anything You Can Sing

The adorably studious and flirtiffic Eebie inspired this week’s mix tape. I was mulling over what to feature when he asked if I had 10,000 Maniac’s “Peace Train.” Well, of course I do — and thus Anything You Can Sing, I Can Sing Better was born — the flip side to the recent Rhythmic Hotties mix tape.

We know the originals — but these babes prove that anything you boys can sing, we can sing better. Well, most songs; you can’t best R.E.M.

Björk :: It’s Oh so Quiet

Juliana Hatfield :: Don’t Lie to Me

The Raveonettes :: My Boyfriend’s Back

Liz Phair :: Turning Japanese

Letters to Cleo :: Cruel to Be Kind

The Jody Grind :: Wishin’ and Hopin’

Cyndi Lauper + The Minus 5 :: Midnight Radio

Big Brother & The Holding Company :: Piece of My Heart

No Doubt :: It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Queen Latifah, Shades + Free :: Mr. Big Stuff

The Cardigans :: The Boys Are Back in Town

10,000 Maniacs :: Peace Train

Linda Ronstadt :: Willin’

Sam Phillips :: Gimme Some Truth

Anna Waronker :: You’re so Vain

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts :: Crimson and Clover

Joan Osborne :: Love Is Alive

Aretha Franklin :: Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Angie Stone :: Groove Me

Sinéad O'Connor :: Nothing Compares 2 U

Amy Winehouse :: To Know Him Is to Love Him

Joss Stone :: L-O-V-E

Sarah McLachlan :: Wear Your Love Like Heaven

Ivy :: Let’s Go to Bed

Aimee Mann :: What the World Needs Now

Johnette Napolitano feat. Marc Moreland :: Hurting Each Other

Charlie Hunter Trio feat. Norah Jones :: More Than This

Velvet Belly :: The Man with the Child in His Eyes

Shelby Lynne :: The Look of Love

She & Him :: You Really Got a Hold on Me

Cat Power :: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

Hem :: Rainy Night in Georgia

k.d. lang :: After the Gold Rush

Lucinda Williams :: Which Will

Shawn Colvin :: (Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night

Indigo Girls :: House at Pooh Corner

The Beautiful South :: Dream a Little Dream

Cry, Cry, Cry :: Fall on Me

Frente! :: Bizarre Love Triangle

Deborah Harry :: My Last Date (With You)

Neko Case :: Soulful Shade of Blue

Patti Smith :: Midnight Rider

Annie Lennox :: Train in Vain

Sheryl Crow, India.Aire, Lisa Lopes + Liz Phair :: Give a Little Bit

I’ll make it easy for you boys with the one-click zip file.

So many great tunes were cut this week. Yes, you should lash me for not including Siouxsie & The Banshees’ “Dear Prudence” or “The Passenger,” or Dido’s “Fire and Rain,” or any of The Pretenders’ brilliant covers. But at least I spared you Mandy Moore’s cover of “Senses Working Overtime” … for now.

Find the Buck :: Yeah, Peter’s there with Cyndi Lauper and The Minus 5 — but he’s also backing another babe on this tape, along with Mike Mills and Bill Berry. Where are my boys?

Be sure to listen to The Jody Grind’s cover of the Dusty Springfield classic. That lovely voice you hear is the amazing (and one-time Atlantan) Kelly Hogan; the song begins and ends with the late poet Deacon Lunchbox.

You should also listen to She & Him. She is Zooey Deschanel. She proved her pipes in Elf, and the debut CD is quite good.

Trivia Question :: I hope Johnette Napolitano's sublime “Hurting Each Other” sends the same shivers down your spine I get every time I listen. Who suggested the name “Concrete Blonde” to her?

Get all girlie on my comment box and let me know which babelicious cover tunes you’re dying to hear.

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At 5/16/2008 06:17:00 AM, Blogger FranIAm said...

You should get paid for this!

At 5/16/2008 09:45:00 AM, Blogger Erik Donald France said...

Brilliant -- and ditto. 1st comment.

Consultant for soundtracks?

Digital DJ?

Cultural arbiter?

A couple more covers come to mind -- Bryan Ferry's maniacal "Sympathy for the Devil," and The Bride Stripped Bare; Marianne Faithfull's "Sister Morphine."

At 5/16/2008 10:25:00 AM, Blogger Sean Wraight said...

Oh Mixtape Goddess,

If memory serves it was JMS who suggested the name to Johnette.
REM and Concrete Blonde were label mates (IRS) at the time.

I have no idea why I REMember these things.

Should I expect a brand new car in my driveway?


At 5/16/2008 10:55:00 AM, Blogger Doc said...

You always put so much into your posts that you make me ashamed of myself. I put up some crappy cartoon or an old dirty joke and I think I'm doing pretty good until I swing by Cup of Coffey and realize you have invested heart and soul into your everyday features. How long does it take you to put one of these together? I imagine that this is a major investment of time, and as a loyal reader I'd just like to go on record as saying, "Thanks. Thanks a lot!"


At 5/16/2008 12:12:00 PM, Blogger Tony Alva said...

Holy shit that Jumpin Jack Flash track is awesome!!! I remember looking for that track years ago when I happen to see the video that used to run in heavy rotation on MTV. Ron and Keith play on it if I recall. Is it on the JJF (horrible movie) soundtrack?

At 5/16/2008 12:23:00 PM, Blogger BeckEye said...

I was going to guess that Joey Ramone suggested the name Concrete Blonde, but I have no idea. Who's JMS?

I'm not a HUGE cover fan, as you know, but I'm actually looking forward to hearing many of these. Especially Johnette's!

At 5/16/2008 01:20:00 PM, Blogger SkylersDad said...

Amy and Emilie doing house on poo corner is just too good!

At 5/16/2008 01:43:00 PM, Blogger Jay Schultz said...

Wow. Just wow. I've got a lot of music on my ipod, but 9 times out of 10, I'm playing one of your mixes.
Every week another gift.



At 5/16/2008 03:11:00 PM, Blogger Michael K said...


At 5/16/2008 05:21:00 PM, Blogger Red said...

Chrissie Hynde's "Creep". Best. Cover. Ever. Both because of her kickass vocals and because Radiohead wrote it as a response to "Brass in Pocket".

At 5/16/2008 08:41:00 PM, Anonymous StickyFingers said...

Wow, what a list of babes. I don't know where to start. You give us Cruel to be kind, a perfect pop song. Piece of my heart, the best female rock vocal ever recorded. and 1 song I always hated, " The boys are back in town ". I pulled muscles lunging to turn the radio dial every time it came on. But the Cardigans have turned it into spank bank material. And a long list of singers that turn me Japanese. Liz Phair, Joan Jett, Joan Osborne, Sinead, and Shelby Lynne. This mix is pure Viagra for the ears. If I listen to it for more than 4 hours, should I consult a doctor?

At 5/16/2008 08:46:00 PM, Anonymous Michael said...

The answer to "Find the Buck" is the former Mrs. J. Henry Burnett's cover of "Gimme Some Truth." I seem to remember her referring to the boys as "Really Excellent Men." Best local show ever — T-Bone Burnett at the Dark Horse solo with Sam Waterston and River Phoenix in the house.

At 5/16/2008 10:25:00 PM, Anonymous BruceDickinson said...

I really like what your doing with this mix, but for me. I could of used a little more cowbell

At 5/16/2008 11:24:00 PM, Anonymous filegod1 said...

Yo Beth, you was the bomb in Phantoms . Great list.

At 5/16/2008 11:40:00 PM, Blogger Eebie said...

I'm feeling brave enough to share on the music...not sure why I was shy in the past, typically not me.

I'm going to be brave, I'm going to risk being personal...I still find the raspy voice of Melissa Ethridge to be the sexiest voice in Rock 'n' Roll. (I had a girlfriend cancel a date cuz she was sick by leaving a voice mail; I kept it and listened again and again to those chilling deep acoustic vibrations seduce me to where my spine was a wet noodle.)

Another authentic confession, Ellen deGenerous has long been one of my favorite comedians. I saw her on Ladies of the Night in 1987, awesome! Love at first sight. No advice needed, it is clear why I'm 40 and not married; I'm chasing the wrong ones.

Ok, about the music. Natalie Merchant is wonderful... I sing love and happiness when I hear her voice and Peace Train is my favorite. Dropped once Cat Stevens said Solomon Rushdie must die, I thought I'd never get to hear it again, then there's Beth. xo

Joan Jett has long been a favorite, a badass rocker. (I had her on vinyl before CD existed.) "Crimson and Clover" shows she is all woman. (I know and I don’t want to hear it; analyze the lyrics and we’re back to the Melissa and Ellen confusion.)

Amy Winehouse has such an incredible voice. I am wooed and crooned by each soulful note. I hope she can sort out her stuff.

At 5/17/2008 01:54:00 AM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yet another fabulous idea for a mix. Some of these are positively amazing too.

My favourite girl cover of a boy song has got to be Heather Nova covering Nick Cave's Ship Song. Breathtaking.

At 5/17/2008 05:43:00 AM, Blogger lulu said...

Oh What fun!

I would add Girls ALoud "I Predict a Riot" Which is so much more fun than the original version.

At 5/17/2008 09:58:00 AM, Anonymous HollyC said...

Did I ever tell you about the time I sold some glitter and Elmers glue to Annie Lennox at the drug store?

At 5/17/2008 11:14:00 AM, Blogger SkylersDad said...

Great stuff as always Beth!

By the way, you have been tagged at my place.

At 5/17/2008 11:16:00 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Another great collection! Oh how I miss The Jody Grind. *sigh*

I gave my one and only copy of One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure to a complete stranger and have regretted it ever since.

At 5/17/2008 03:30:00 PM, Blogger Michael K said...

I heard Scarlett Johansosns's Tom Waits cover album last night and was amazed that it didn't suck.

At 5/18/2008 02:08:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

"Who suggested the name 'Concrete Blonde' to her?"

Michael Stipe!!!

At 5/18/2008 08:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another great mix tape Ms Coffey! Thanks

At 5/18/2008 10:15:00 AM, Blogger Pagan Sphinx said...

Holy Shit,
What a play list! I'm a huge Sam Phillips fan. I have all her CDs and I long for more but none appear to be in the future. Let us know if she releases anything. My once awesome local radio station has just about completely gone folkie on me and I can't trust them anymore to alert me to anything new from Sam Phillips; especially if it defies categorization, which it most likely will.

Also love Conceret Blonde.

At 5/18/2008 10:32:00 AM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

Nicely done. I also enjoyed the pop-punkers Discount's cover EP of Billy Bragg tunes.

And while it's not covers-related, I did see a little Swell Season last night, and that lass is kind of adorable.

At 5/19/2008 08:55:00 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

I've totally forgotten about that pre-emo, post modern cover of New Order.

At 5/20/2008 09:13:00 PM, Blogger r cubed said...

wow, great mix--so many memories here for me. One of my favorite covers is Mary Lou Lord's cover of Van Halen's "Jump." I also love the Cowboy Junkies cover of U2's "One"

At 5/21/2008 03:13:00 PM, Blogger dguzman said...

Is there any limit to how much you effing RAWK?

At 6/06/2008 11:17:00 AM, Blogger Phil said...

I always liked The Cowboy Junkies doing Sweet Jane. Great mix.

I believe it was Mike Stipe who suggested the name Concrete blonde.


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