What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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Jim's talk at SXSW 2007.
In our March Infrequent Mailing we asked people to send us a link to a video or audio file of a song covered by an unlikely artist. To get it started we used Celine Dion covering You Shook Me All Night Long, The Unholy Trio covering Bring the Noise and Madonna covering American Pie as examples.
Well, we got hundreds of entries and it's been a blast sorting through all of them. Here's a list of our favorites. We tried to choose mostly well-known bands covering well-known songs, but avoided obvious big hits, songs from "purposefully oddball cover compilations" or tribute albums, and bands that are known more for their covers than their own work. But we let a few of those slide in because they were so great.
If multiple people submitted the same song we credited whoever was first. Other than that our criteria for judging was pretty arbitrary arbitrary, we just went with the ones that made us smile.
We chose three winners at random from the list of finalists, congrats to Sarah, Whet, and Amanda, each wins a prize pack featuring Jewelboxing, Field Notes and a live Pixies CDlive Pixies CD. (Hard to believe no one suggested "In Heaven" or "Winterlong")
That about covers it.
Los Straightjackets cover My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion. Submitted by Sarah Conner.
Husker Du covers Eight Miles High by The Byrds. Submitted by Amanda Mohney.
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco covers Tonight You're Mine by Carole King. Submitted by David Bennett.
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme cover Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden. Submitted by Leslie Stewart.
A fake Bob Dylan covers Geen Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess. Submitted by Gregory K.
Reel Big Fish cover Aha's Take On Me. Submitted by D. Watanabe.
The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain covers Smells Like Teen Spirit. Submitted by Andrew Elkin.
Shonen Knife covers Top of the World by The Carpenters. Submitted by Robert Earnest.
Bjork covers Downtown by Petula Clark. Submitted by David Bennett
Nonpoint covers In The Air Tonight but Phil Collins. Submitted by Amanda Mohney.
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone covers The Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Sprinsteen. Submitted by Conrad Zimmer.
Dave Grohl covers Tiny Dancer by Elton John. Submitted by Carrie Martin.
Josť Gonzales covers Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division. Submitted by Katy Fischer.
Jimi Hendrix covers God Save the Queen and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles. Submitted by Wil Zeegers.
Joey Ramone covers What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. Submitted by Steve Mozdren.
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