Death Cab For Cutie cover The Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored"

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death-cab-for-cutie.gifEven in these days when everyone seems to be covering everyone else, one act’s material you don’t encounter much is The Stone Roses’. Is it because they’re too sacred? Or has everyone forgotten about them?
As far as Americans are concerned, it’s more likely to be down to the fact that they’ve never heard of them. Indie darlings turned chart-toppers Death Cab For Cutie have done their bit to remedy that, by covering the opening track from The Stone Roses’ eponymous debut.

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Fall Out Boy take on Michael Jackson's "Beat It"

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How has this video passed me by? Oh right, I suppose I need to watch MTV more. Well, as far as Jacko covers go this is alright I think – no irony involved, thankfully… in the song, that is.
The video’s a different matter, with Buster from Arrested Development, Turk from Scrubs, John Mayer and lord knows who else making appearances. Of course, like most Fall Out Boy vids, Pete Wentz’s eternal fart-sniffing pout steals the show. Oh, and congrats on the nuptuals Petey – I trust your expression remained the same throughout the ceremony?

[via NME]

Alphabeat's cover of Daft Punk's "Digital Love" makes some kind of perfect sense

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daft-punk-helmet.gifI maintain that there’s something cult-like about Alphabeat. I don’t mean as in cult interest, but as in severe side partings and white smocks. There’s just something so wholesome about them that it tips over into eeriness. And you know what? I like it.
Here we find the intrepid Danes covering one of Daft Punk’s finest moments, and not destroying it. In fairness it would be hard to ruin such a nigh-on perfect pop happening. You can hear a recorded version over the page, or you can click here for a rather splendid acoustic guitar n’ tambourine rendering. They’ll be doing Kum Ba Ya soon, you watch.

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Sad Kermit covers Elliott Smith's "Needle In The Hay"

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sad_kermit.gifI’ll tell ya, that bloody Sad Kermit will get you every time. He’s done Johnny Cash’s version of “Hurt”, among others, and now he’s covering Elliott Smith, who passed away a few years back.
This is “Needle In The Hay”, which you might recognise from The Royal Tenenbaums. Truly, a meditation on heroin addiction only comes into its own when tackled by a green felt frog. A lot of YouTube commenters have got predictably hot under the collar over this cover, but I’m a huge Elliott Smith fan and found it funny. I mean come on, it’s a muppet playing a sad song on the guitar.
This is the last of today’s Muppet-related posts, honest…

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Under The Covers (in reverse): Tony Tribe's 'Red Red Wine'

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If you get caught whistling ‘Red Red Wine’, you run the risk of getting lamped by someone. Hardly surprising when you consider the fact that most people associate the song with the terrible UB40. The song was actually originally a firecracking ska number by Tony Tribe and you can listen to it here. It’s a winner. Time to reappraise.
[video:firebladerr1]

Under The Covers: Constantines and Feist make "Islands In The Stream" a non-guilty pleasure

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feist_.jpgI don’t think Dolly Parton’s oeuvre has featured much on the ol’ Toilet. I can semi-remedy that now by pointing you do a delicious cover of her megasmash duet with Kenny Rogers, “Islands In The Stream”.
Now, I know this song is cheesier than a house made of Edam, but I’ve always liked it. And now, thanks to some people called the Constantines teaming up with Feist, I can say so and appear somewhat hip. I don’t think I need to add any more really – just click here and hope it’s still up for your listening pleasure.
[via Lycanthropy]

Cast your votes: Have Wu-Tang Clan murdered the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently weeps"?

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You know Wu-Tang Clan, right? They’ve nicked a bit of the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and turned it into “While The Heart Gently Weeps”. Have a listen below – what do you think? Is this sampling culture one step too far (despite it being an “interpolation”, not a sample)? Or are Beatles songs fair game? VOTE! VOTE NOW!

Under The Covers – Toots and the Maytals 'Louie Louie'

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For my money, Louie Louie is the national anthem for rock ‘n’ roll. There’s roughly 129,917,001,666 versions knocking around, and one of the better ones is the wonderful Toots and the Maytals jump up and down reggae rocker. I don’t need to say anymore than that. Press play, and wind your way into the weekend! [video:rockersszzz]

Under The Covers: Jimi Hendrix Experience rip up 'Sunshine of Your Love'

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I know I said I didn’t dig Jimi like I should, but when he’s good, he’s irresistible. Way back when, Jimi and the boys played on Lulu’s TV show, and half-way through a tuff enuff rendition of ‘Hey Joe’, they decided to “stop playing this rubbish” and go into a thunderous version of Cream’s ‘Sunshine of Your Love’. Is it better than Spanky Wilson’s version? Who cares! Love ‘em both! Full points to the people who pointed out that ‘Hey Joe’ is a cover too…
[video:birdy974]

Under The Covers: The Faces cover Dylan's 'Wicked Messenger'

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It’s hard to believe that Rod Stewart was once one of the coolest men on the planet. Before the leopard skin jumpsuits, Rod was the Mod and, later, frontman to one of the greatest rock groups ever to grace an airwave in The Faces. Here are the boys tackling Bob Dylan’s ‘Wicked Messenger’ and making it sound like a hangover. Fantastic stuff! Now, go and buy The Faces entire back catalogue.
[video: odorono77]