Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.
There’s not nearly enough guitar music in the universe to make me happy, and I’ve been missing the old school sound lately. Maybe this is a sign that I’m getting older, but I feel compelled to say, “They don’t play guitar solos like they used to.”
I’ve been listening to a lot of cool covers lately, some of them for original songs I wasn’t that familiar with. It’s gotten me to thinking, especially with the two songs below — Are cover songs sometimes better than the originals?
First, let’s start with the original. I’ve been enjoying “Entertainment” by Phoenix the last few weeks since its debut. It’s not quite as Phoenix-ish as their previous hits, and that makes it easier for me to enjoy. When “1901” and “Lisztomania” were in heavy rotation, it made me want to gnaw on my steering wheel. But their latest single “Entertainment” is rather, well, yeah, you know what I’m going to say, so just push the button and listen already, entertaining.
And now onto the cover of “Entertainment” by Dinosaur Jr. The guitar solo at the end gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. I thought I was in love when I listened to Banks last week. That was a pale shadow to how much I adore this song. Look, I know I have a problem. I fall in love with almost every good song I meet. I promise I’ll get help for it, but enough about me, just push the damn button already.
Are there any cover songs that you like more than the originals?
Or are there cover songs you consider to be crimes against music and should not be allowed to exist?
Also, I’m almost done with the next section of Life of a Foundry Moth. Will share soon, I promise!!