one thing i've often thought is worth it's own thread is classic songs being
destroyed by cover versions on just vocals plus piano or acoustic guitar.
e.g. Gary Jules - Mad World or Tori Amos - Smells Like Teen Spirit.
adverts for insurance, mortgages, cars etc (usually aimed at young couples)
are full of these abominations.
also while i'm on a roll, it never ceases to amaze me that when arts, culture,
media etc 'creative types' are asked about the music they listen to,
how often they mention the most bland, safe stuff imaginable.
Past 20 years at least. They are the worst thing on the planet though, agreed. I still haven't listened to St Vincent album where she did that entire thing to her own album.I liked the Gary Jules version of mad world.
But in general i'm sick of the cutesy cover version trend of the last few years.
To me they’re a separate but related phenomenon of pastiche cover bands like Senor Coconut and Hayseed Dixie (who are in themselves a substandard Jever Mountain Boys). They’re more interesting to me than the sad, barebones covers that have cropped up over the past decade (or two), or just a straight clone of an original.I blame nouvelle vague. I think they started the ball rolling on this trend. This is from 2004.
Given a similar treatment, too drunk to fuck, teenage kicks, guns of Brixton...
Nouvelle Vague - Nouvelle Vague | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic
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