Let’s Put On Costumes and Play Some Songs

Happy Halloween friends! To celebrate, here are some of my favorite covers:

Blind Melon – Candy Says (Velvet Underground)
Blind Melon turns Lou Reed’s sweet tribute to Warhol factory regular Candy Darling into a country rock classic. (Buy Blind Melon music)

Smashmouth – Why Can’t We Be Friends? (War)
Smashmouth wins for best costume: A Good Band (Ohhhhh snap) (Buy It)

Richie Havens – Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles)
Beautiful. Period. (Buy It)

The Jam – Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield)
Hip-hop heads may recognize this song as the sample in Kanye West’s “Touch the Sky” and (I think) Jay-Z’s “Encore.” But The Jam power through it like it was always a punk song. (Buy The Jam music)

Husker Du – Eight Miles High (The Byrds)
Singer Bob Mould sounds like he’s on the verge of self-immolation. (Buy It)

Mos Def – Kalifornia (2Pac – kinda)
This is sort of cheating, since it’s not technically a cover. But I doubt you’ll really care after hearing it. So good you’ll wonder how it ended up on a soundtrack for such a crappy movie.

The Shins – We Will Become Silhouettes (The Postal Service)
I’ll end with this one because it’s fun. It sounds like they’re just having a blast playing it. (Buy The Shins music)

Hope you enjoy the treats, kids.

posted by Adam


One response to “Let’s Put On Costumes and Play Some Songs

  1. I’m usually pretty sensitive to covers, particularly Beatles covers, but I think Richie Havens and I can be friends. I dig the post.

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