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The “08 Covers” Mix

Date October 16, 2008

Today’s mix is comprised entirely of covers of songs that were released in 2008, because we here at musicforants.com are big fans of covers and we like getting stuff fast.  What’s more instantly gratifying then hearing an artist cover a song that was released just a couple months before (except maybe a Weird Al parody of that song)? 

Whether it’s performed on British radio (Mystery Jets, Katy Perry, The Kooks), part of a full album covers project (Okkervil River), or recorded by a legendary band during some backstage downtime (Radiohead), all these covers have made their way onto the internet, and I compiled a mix of 8 of my favorite ”insta-covers” from 2008* for you.  Let me know if there’s any more out there that I don’t about.   Enjoy!

MP3 Radiohead – The Rip (Portishead Cover)
MP3 Dirty Mittens – White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes Cover)
MP3 Holy F*ck – Balloons (Foals Cover)
MP3 The Kooks – Violet Hill (Coldplay Cover)
MP3 Katy Perry – Electric Feel (MGMT Cover)
MP3 Ola Podrida – Calling and Not Calling My Ex (Okkervil River Cover)
MP3 Panda Riot – Paper Planes (M.I.A. Cover)
MP3 The Mystery Jets -  Blakes Got A New Face (Vampire Weekend Cover) 

*and yes “Paper Planes” counts because according to my sources the single was released in February 2008.



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10 Responses to “The “08 Covers” Mix”

  1. Linds said:

    Um, that Panda Riot cover is frickin’ awesome.

  2. Jon said:

    Love the idea of the insta-cover phenom mix (thank you BBC!), thank you!

  3. Agnes said:

    The Fleet Foxes cover is interesting. I think it’s pretty bold to cover FF given the general high esteem they’re held in at the moment. Very brave! Great playlist, thanks!

  4. Tamara said:

    nice post!
    my favourite 08 cover of the moment is also a mystery jets cover but of keep bleeding by leona lewis! HA!
    i’m sure you’ve heard it.
    anyways, thanks for the post!

  5. Robin said:

    some great covers there! Already had a couple, but thanks for the rest =)

  6. serge said:

    hello: Is there any chance that you’d the whole performance by British Sea Power on Jools Holland?, by the whole performance i mean th’ three tunes they played

  7. serge said:

    or maybe the the played for NPR or BB6 music?

  8. serge said:

    the one, haha

  9. Dustyn said:

    Katy Perry… no. never.

  10. Daniel said:

    Fleet Foxes cover is terrible–the whole centerpeice of that band is their perfect vocal harmonies and the girl sounds flat most of the time. The rest of the covers are great ! Thanks!