Music Discussion Thread: Dec. 6, 2018: Covers

Let’s discuss any and all music here. You’ve got a new artist who’s rocking your boat that you want to talk about? Post a video! Found out about that unearthed Coltrane album that has the jazz freak in you losing your mind? Lay it out for us! Do you have a theory about what your favorite band might do for their next album? Let’s hear it! Anything and everything music-related goes here, but do please remember to also pay attention to the more niche threads; if your post would either fit better or equally well in one of them, please post it there as well. I absolutely do not want to steal traffic from those threads.

This week’s prompt: Cover versions. Everyone loves covers. Everyone! What are some of your favorite cover versions? What makes a “good” version? Do you prefer them faithfully executed or more on the irreverent side of things? Has a cover version by your favorite band led you to discover the works of those covered? How about the opposite, heard a cover of a favorite song by what soon became your latest fave? What are your favorite tribute compilations of covers by various artists? Is there a song you would love to cover yourself? Have you covered a song?

(Hi ‘cados.🥑🥑🥑 Moon! here. I’ll be your new weekly music discussion wrangler. I’m sticking with the format designed by Sigil and carried on by Exexalien. I’ll probably modify as time goes on, for example switching to dating these instead of numbering. Straight up, I will lose track of the numbers. Other changes may or may not occur. Suggestions are welcomed.)

I can say that back in the pre-internet days, covers were one of the main ways I discovered new acts. Songwriting credits combined with careful reading of zines and the Trouser Press Record Guide turned me on to some of my still favorite bands. R.E.M. alone are responsible for my discovery of Wire, Pylon, and The Velvet Underground. In all three cases, I prefer the original artists’ recordings.

I think my all time favorite cover ever is Wall Of Voodoo doing Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. Stan and the boys take a great, iconic song and retain the essence while making it uniquely theirs. It’s undeniably the Cash song we know and love, but this version could only have been performed by Wall Of Voodoo. Love becomes something dark and scary in their hands and their guitarist, Marc Moreland- sadly no longer with us and an underrated player while he was around, wrestles control of the melody away from the vocals half way through the song and turns into the sound of fire itself, filtered through heavy distortion and cavernous reverb. It’s incredible. Hear for yrself:

Rock out with yer guac out!