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Under the Covers, Vol. 8

Under the Covers, Vol. 8

George Michael - Careless Whisper

Last week we were graced with a special version of Under the Covers from filmmaker and director, Erik Cieslewicz, who put together a compilation of covers by Tetrastar. This week, we resume the traditional path with some unearthed covers of some great songs.

Seether – “Careless Whisper” (George Michael)

“Careless Whisper” is a 1984 single by George Michael, though it is still sometimes credited to George Michael and Wham!, as George Michael was still a member of the band at the time. Seether covered the song in 2009 as part of a re-release for 2007’s Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces.

Original Version

Cover by Seether

Which is better?

“Alternative” rockers Seether have gone down the tubes over the years. Their cover of this song demonstrates this. No one can beat that compelling sax that appears in the original song, unless of course a band covering it used a sax, too. Sorry, but George Michael wins this one easily.

Warpaint – “Ashes to Ashes” (David Bowie)

David Bowie released this song as the first single from his 1980 album, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps). I’ve even featured “Ashes to Ashes” as a song of the day on here. Great song, so Warpaint better have a lot to offer in their

Original Version

Cover by Warpaint

Which is better?

I was VERY impressed with the Warpaint version of this song, both instrumentally and vocally.  I’m still gonna have to go with the David Bowie version of this one because it has more spunk and energy, but the Warpaint version is worth adding to a playlist or two.

Arcade Fire – “Maps” (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

“Maps” is a song released from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ 2003 debut album Fever to Tell. Yup, I’ve included “Maps” on Electric Mohawk before, too. I’m not exactly sure when the Arcade Fire released their cover, but I was able to earth up a studio version. I’m not sure which single or other release the song appears on. Maybe there really isn’t a release and I found a live version from a radio or music show, which I typically tend to avoid with this series, but it’s all right to bend the rules a little sometimes. 😉

Original Version

Cover by Arcade Fire

Which is better?

Definitely a very interesting and seemingly more romantically fragile version of this song. I like it, a lot. Do I like it as much as the original? That’s hard to say. It’s definitely arranged in a different style altogether. Ahh, who am I kidding? Let’s just go with the original. I wonder if Arcade Fire even plays this live at any of their concerts… because they should. They really should.

My Darkest Days – “Come Undone” (Duran Duran)

“Come Undone” is the 24th single released by Duran Duran from their 7th studio album, Duran Duran (aka The Wedding Album, as it is Duran Duran’s second self-titled album). My Darkest Days’ take on it comes from their 2010 self-titled release.

Original Version

Cover by My Darkest Days

Which is better?

For some reason, I really like this song. Not sure why. It’s definitely one of Duran Duran’s darker songs. My Darkest Days does a damn good job covering this song. So good, that I’ll give them this one. Good job.

The Offspring – “Totalimmortal” (AFI)

“Totalimmortal” was originally recorded by AFI and released on their 1999 All Hallows EP. The Offspring version appears on the soundtrack for Me, Myself, and Irene.

Original Version

Cover by The Offspring

Which is better?

This cover just seemed out of place to me. For some reason, I don’t see The Offspring as a cover band, especially covering AFI. I could, however, see them covering much older AFI if they were to bust out some covers. AFI’s version wins this round.

This week, I was not only too lazy to make a pic in Photoshop, but I figured that a little extra George Michael wouldn’t hurt anyone. Enjoy folks, and see you again next week!

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