February 8, 2006
Last year in August, I started this blog on a whim, and now we’ve reached 100 posts. To celebrate, I’ve been working on a covers project officially titled – “From Buddy to Sufjan: The Music For Kids Who Can’t Read Good Covers Project.”
As the title suggests, I’m going to be linking Buddy Holly, my favorite artist from the 50′s to Sufjan Stevens, my favorite artist of right now. And I’m doing it through cover songs. While doing so my goal was to include as many of my favorite artists as I could and also provide all the links in the chain (a task that proved to be not easy). I also made some pretty sweet album art for it. (check the picture above) So without further ado, here it is:
From Buddy to Sufjan: The Music For Kids Who Can’t Read Good Covers Project.
Thought I’d start out with a Buddy Holly song even though it’s not a cover. I have an interesting story about this song though, I visited the studio where Buddy Holly recorded this song and I got to play the actual instrument that plays during the bridge of the song (called a celesta, like my girlfriend). I worked out the song by ear. It was intensely cool.
You can’t have a Cover Chain without including the Beatles. Interestingly enough, Paul McCartney now owns the rights to all of Buddy Holly’s songs.
This song was practically impossible for me to find. I had to sign on to some crazy MP3 site to even track it.
The Chain takes a huge leap forward with this track. But don’t worry, I know where I’m going.
Really weird version of the song. Can’t say I’m a big fan of the heavy vocal distortion. But when did I say that I had to like the song for it to be on the chain?
This is a live cover I happened to stumble upon thanks to the blog, The Smudge of Ashen Fluff. This is definitely one of my favorites in the collection.
From the bootlegged, Dylan/Cash Sessions, to be fair Johnny Cash sings in this song also but I’m still counting it.
Recorded during the Voodoo Lounge tour, this is a very good cover of Rolling Stone magazine’s #1 song of all time.
This is from the Ramones album, Acid Eaters, which also features covers of “Surf City” and “Can You Ever Feel The Rain”
This song was recorded by U2 for the NME Carling Awards and was later added to the album, A Tribute to The Ramones: We’re a Happy Family.
We’ve made it all the way to the great, Sufjan Stevens. His most popular performance of this song was at last year’s Tsunami Benefit but this one is Live from Judson College in November of ’03.
Thank you all you readers out there. I’m looking forward to 100′s of more posts, so expect much more out of this place. Leave a comment if you like my chain!
Edit* I made a flow chart of the Covers Chain, to help you visualize it.