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Under the Covers, Vol. 4

Under the Covers, Vol. 4

Under the Covers, Vol. 4This week’s Under the Covers explores covers from Fuel, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Save Ferris, and Martin L. Gore. I wrote this one a little later than usual. Apologies for my tardiness.

Fuel – “Daniel” (Elton John)

“Daniel” is a song originally written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and appears on the 1973 album Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player. The song revolves around the events concerning the Vietnam War and a fictitious character named Daniel who was blinded during war, is ridiculed when he returns home, and makes travels to Spain to rid himself of the pain of being home.

The Fuel version was included on a bonus disc that came along with the Something Like Human album.

Original Version

Cover by Fuel

Which is better?

This one really depends on my mood, to be honest. A lot of times I default to the Elton John version, but on a rainy or dreary day, the slower paced and acoustic rendition that Fuel put together fits the mood oh so well.

The Killers – “Shadowplay” (Joy Division)

“Shadowplay” appeared in it’s final form on the 1979 album Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division. If you check out the album Warsaw, you can find an even earlier version of the song.

The Killers covered this song in 2007 for the biopic of Ian Curtis called Control.

Original Version

Cover by The Killers

Which is better?

The Killers did a good job covering this song, but it’s a little too poppy for me. I think it’s a good gateway to get the kids into Joy Division, but the Joy Division is way better because of how dark it is and it’s foreshadowing and glimpse into the life and death of Ian Curtis.

Franz Ferdinand – “All My Friends” (LCD Soundsystem)

“All My Friends” was the second single released from LCD Soundsystem’s second album, Sound of Silver.  The Franz Ferdinand version is one of the b-sides to this single.

Original Version

Cover by Franz Ferdinand

Which is better?

I love LCD Soundsystem, and I love the fact that Franz Ferdinand’s cover was released on the single for the original. I think I would have liked to see Franz Ferdinand’s released, because I think there are some elements that Franz did better than James Murphy. That or they had a really good handle on the song. I can see why it was added to the single’s tracklist.

Save Ferris – “Come on Eileen” (Dexy’s Midnight Runners)

Dexy’s Midnight Runners is a band known for two songs: “Come on Eileen” and “Geno”. “Come On Eileen” became an instant classic out of the early 80s.  Believe it or not, “Geno” was their first hit (1980) while “Come On Eileen” arrived two years later in 1982.

Save Ferris released their version in 1997 on their debut album It Means Everything and replaced the strings portion of the song with a horn section.

Original Version

Cover by Save Ferris

Which is better?

Man, I sure love my 80s music, but I think Save Ferris really energizes this song and adds an even catchier and more positive spin on it than the original. The bassline is super catchy and it’s just a really fun cover. Good job, Bueller.

Martin L. Gore – “Loverman” (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)

“Loverman” was released as the second single from the album Let Love In by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.  Martin L. Gore of Depeche Mode covered this song on his solo album Counterfeit2.

Bonus points to anyone that can tell me what these two artists have in common in relation to their albums.

Original Version

Cover by Martin L. Gore

Which is better?

I’m pretty bias on this one as I am a huge Depeche Mode fan, so I am definitely choosing Gore’s version, and here’s why: Martin Gore has always been at crafting a near perfect cover song. His counterfeit albums are proof of that. He knows how to capture the right mood and feelings in every song he chooses to cover. This song in particular is one of his darker songs, and cleans up some of the grittiness that’s in the Nick Cave version.  Great song overall, and Gore’s even beats out Metallica’s version. Oh, the Martin Gore version is a live version because I couldn’t find the studio version on YouTube. Oh well.

Tell us what you think? What versions of each song did you like?

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