I’ve been a bit busy on YouTube again, this time finding great cover versions to great songs. I hope you enjoy my choices. If you have heard a cover of a song you would like me to share in a later blog post, feel free to email me at email@example.com
New Radicals – “You Get What you Give”
Cover version by Paul Wells
This smartly-conceived and extremely upbeat song by the New Radicals has been covered so well here. Aside from the clear technical talent, the musicality and vibe he gets across in the interpretation is second to none. It is exactly what an arrangement should be; to sound as if it is an original, and not a cover at all. Paul makes a lot of covers on his YouTube channel, and I cannot recommend him enough. What a talent!
Tears for Fears – “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
Cover version by Adam Blessing
The iconic original by Tears for Fears has been covered here with subtle simplicity. The great thing about this cover is it very much focused on the vocal, which has a somewhat jazzy lilt to it. I like this edge; instead of being in 12/8, it is a swung 4/4. Very musical and intimate version.
Empire of the Sun – “Walking on a Dream”
Cover version by The Make
To me, this track is the sound of summer, and it is an incredibly hard track to cover. The Make have done a fantastic job; the vocal work is sublime, especially the backing female vocal which is so tastefully done (very rarely do we hear such sophisticated part writing in pop music). I love the electric drums, which I think enhances the warmth of the track. Huge kudos to The Make; what a top job!
REM – “Losing my Religion”
Cover version by Scary Kids Scaring Kids
REM; a band known for their catchy but highly respectful rock songs has had their ‘Losing my Religion’ covered by emo punk rock band Scary Kids Scaring Kids. As usual for American punk rock, it’s highly melodic and musical. If you like bands like Thursday, Greenday, and Asking Alexandria you’ll like this cover.
Kate Bush – “Running up that Hill”
Cover by Stars of Track and Field
Covering Kate Bush is brave. Very brave. But this cover by Stars of Track and Field is on the same league as Bush. Although the interpretation is completely different, it stands on its own two feet, again, the golden rule of arranging; it should sound like an original. The understated verses and intertwined with a slightly more busy chorus; Stars of Track and Field have added their own tom-tom drum break; a nod to the original whilst offering something new.