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Under the Covers Vol. 9

Under the Covers Vol. 9

Under the Covers, Vol. 9

It’s been awhile, but Under the Covers is back with some fresh new covers from a wide range of musicians and genres! We plan on keeping the series up and running this time around, especially after all of the searching we’ve done to bring you some fresh new covers to check out!

Mr. Kane – “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)” (Greg Kihn Band)

The Greg Kihn Band is an American rock band formed in the 1970s by lead singer Greg Kihn and bassist Steve Wright.  Hitting their prime in the 1980s, they’re most recognizable songs are “Jeopardy” and “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)”.    Today, the latter song goes up against a more pop induced and rough around the edges cover by Kane “Mr. Kane” Churko, who has worked with artists including Hinder, Ozzy Osbourne, Bob Dylan and Shania Twain.

Original Version

Cover by Mr. Kane

Which is better?

Mr. Kane’s take on this song is definitely that of a more contemporized and pop-induced influence. I like the vocals, the slightly faster tempo, and most of the instrumentals. The only thing I don’t like is the effect Mr. Kane used on his keyboard. Otherwise, the cover is worth a listen or two, but still doesn’t match up to Greg Kihn’s.

War From A Harlot’s Mouth – “Hexagram” (Deftones)

The Deftones have been around for over 20 years now, and have graced us with songs like “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)”, “Change (In The House Of Flies)”, “Minerva”, and most recently “Diamond Eyes”.  War From A Harlot’s Mouth included a cover of Deftones’ “Hexagram” on their 2010 album, MMX.

Original Version

Cover by War From a Harlot’s Mouth

Which is better?

Everything about this cover is terrible, well not everything, but pretty damn close. The vocals are muffled, and even if they weren’t, they still wouldn’t sound great.  In fact, the entire production value of this song is simply no bueno.  Does this mean that War From A Harlot’s Mouth is a bad band? Absolutely not.  The rest of the album is great if you’re into hardcore a la Germany.  Deftones win this round by a landslide.

Pete Yorn – “China Girl” (Iggy Pop/David Bowie)

It’s time for a musical history lesson, folks.  Many of you reading this are very familiar with David Bowie’s “China Girl”, but not as many of you realize that before David Bowie re-recorded and released the song as a single from his album, Let’s Dance, it appeared in a more raw and unadulterated rocky form on Iggy Pop’s The Idiot.  The track was written by both Bowie and Pop during their years in Berlin.  Many live covers of this song exist by a wide range of artists, including System of a Down, but today, we look at Pete Yorn’s version from the bonus CD included with his album, musicforthemorningafter.

Original Version(s)

Iggy Pop

David Bowie

Cover by Pete Yorn

Which is better?

I realize and understand that Pete Yorn is up against not only one, but two great musicians in this round.  Surprisingly, Pete Yorn’s version was a very impressive take on the song and appears to be rooted more in the Iggy Pop style of the song.  If you haven’t done so yet, definitely check out the Pete Yorn version above (Bowie and Pop still win by default, though)!

Duran Duran – “Femme Fatale” (The Velvet Underground and Nico)

The Velvet Underground is a band that everyone has heard of, or at least needs to. Duran Duran covers their classic “Femme Fatale” on their second self-titled album, also known as The Wedding Album.

Original Version

Cover by Duran Duran

Which is better?

As much of a Duran Duran fan as I am, I was very disappointed in their cover of this song. It just seemed very hollow to me. Definitely not one of Duran Duran’s best songs, and was probably used as album filler. There’s a really good cover by the band OURS, though, worth checking out.

To Live and Die in LA – “King’s Crossing” (Elliott Smith)

“King’s Crossing” is a song from Elliott Smith’s final and post-humously released album, From A Basement On The Hill. To Live and Die in LA covered the song on the Smith tribute album, To: Elliott From: Portland.

Original Version

Cover by To Live and Die in LA

Which is better?

To Live and Die in LA actually does the song justice with their own spin on the song.  The chorus is quite powerful, much like the original. Instrumentally, I don’t find it as strong as the original, but this cover was definitely in my rotation for a long while.

That it’s for this week, folks. Thanks for stopping by!

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