Mix Tape Tuesday – Beneath the Covers

Hello. I am Erin and I am here to bring you the next installment of Mix Tape Tuesday! Yay!

I had a different theme going for this week…but one of the songs bummed out on me…and I just couldn’t give you an incomplete playlist. So, instead, here is an equally as awesome playlist full of great music covers. You may be saying, “Oh geez…not covers. Why don’t people just record they’re own stuff and leave the originals alone?” If you said that…you would be wrong. There are plenty of wonderful covers out there and here are a few to get your sheltered feet wet.

You’ll have to download each song individually, unfortunately, because I couldn’t group it into one folder. I will get better, I promise.

Mix Tape Tuesday #3: Beneath the Covers

1. Billie Jean – David Cook (Michael Jackson): 2008 American Idol winner, David Cook, had me at hello…but he had the world at Billie Jean. He brought to light a ballad version of the great ’80s song with a brilliant voice and a guitar solo worthy of the ’70s. Turn it up…you won’t be sorry.

2. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow – Soggy Bottom Boys (Bob Dylan): I recently had an English assignment where I needed to write about a song. That week, I read more song lyrics than I have ever read in my life. During this time, I stumbled across this song and realized that it did NOT originate in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou but it was a Bob Dylan song! And besides…who doesn’t like bluegrass?

3. Mad World – I have no idea (Tears for Fears): It must seem odd that I don’t know who the song is by, but this song was on a mix cd that an old friend made for me and it wasn’t written anywhere. I don’t talk to him anymore, so I can’t ask who the artist is. In fact, this isn’t even my favourite cover of this song. I think the Gary Joules version (the one in Donnie Darko) is the best cover, but because this song has such a great tie to high school memories, I had to use it.

4. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) – Thea Gilmore (Dead or Alive): This version is actually the inspiration for this entire playlist. I was in H&M yesterday and I heard it. I asked the employee who the artist was and he had no idea. After much research, I found the right artist, only to find that I had to download the whole album on iTunes just to get this one song! You’re welcome.

5. Let It Be – Across the Universe Soundtrack (The Beatles): I have yet to hear a horrible Beatles cover, which is only an amazing testament to their great song writing, and this one is no exception. It’s as if this song was meant to be a gospel song.

6. Star Wars – Bill Murray (John Williams): This song debuted on SNL and shows the genius of Bill Murray. Who knew lyrics to this film score could be so funny?

7. Stairway to Heaven – Dolly Parton (Led Zeppelin): This might be my favourite of the bunch. And only Dolly Parton could add the banjo to a classic rock song and make it sound good.

8. Lacrymosa – Evanessence (Mozart): My favourite piece ever written by Mozart turned into a gothic rock song? Count me in.

9. With a Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker (The Beatles): This song will never not remind me of The Wonder Years, which is, actually, a good thing. I think any Joe Cocker cover is great. On a side note, the CD player in my dad’s car displays the artist, but only has room for 8 characters. My sister and I get a nice laugh every time.

10. Sweet Dreams – Marilyn Manson (Eurythmics): My mom cringed when she first found out I owned songs by Marilyn Manson. Maybe that’s the reason I love it so much. No. It’s not. This is an amazing cover by an amazing artist. I will provide you with more material on how great he is if anyone out there disagrees.

11. Wonderwall – Ryan Adams (Oasis): It’s haunting and beautiful all at once. That’s all I really have to say about it.

12. Hallelujah – Rufus Wainwright (Leonard Cohen): Leonard Cohen originally wrote 80 verses to this song. His manifesto, I suppose. There are over one hundred covers of this song and many would argue that this version is nowhere near the best of the bunch, but I have a special emotional attachment to it, and, therefore, could choose no other.

13. Desperado – The Carpenters (The Eagles): This is the only cover in this group that is almost exactly like the original. But it’s sung by Karen Carpenter, and any song sung by Karen Carpenter is worthy of being on a mix tape.

14. Superstar – Sonic Youth (The Carpenters): I first heard this song on kroq many years ago. It made a very popular resurgence on the Juno soundtrack, thankfully.

15. Hazy Shade of Winter – The Bangles (Simon & Garfunkel): I actually used this song in a short movie I did starring my sister. She a great silent actress, by the by.

16. Jolene – The White Stripes (Dolly Parton): There is a girl named Jolene in my Girl Scout troop who, incidentally, hates this song. I’m sure it doesn’t help that my co-leader and I sing it to her just about every week. In my opinion, you either love The White Strips or you hate them. I love them…but I won’t hold it against you is you hate them.

17. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Tori Amos (Nirvana): I am a fan of everything Tori. She played a role in my original Mix Tape Tuesday playlist, so this will not be the last you hear of her. This is a very different and sweet version of the grunge original.

I have just realized that I have a cover of a Dolly Parton song and a song covered by Dolly Parton, and I have a cover of a Carpenters song and a song covered by the Carpenters. Total accident but odd, nonetheless. I hope you enjoy this playlist and I can’t wait to bring you more in the future. Have a fantastic Tuesday and I will see you again on Thursday.

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3 thoughts on “Mix Tape Tuesday – Beneath the Covers

  1. Quite an excellent collection of covers. I really am starting to look forward to these mix tapes every week.

    By the way, Erin… just as a side note, I thought I should mention that “Man of Constant Sorrow” was not written by Bob Dylan. His version is actually also a cover. The song is an old folk song that nobody knows exactly where it came from. The popular view is actually that Dick Burnett performed it first in 1913, but there is no actual proof that he wrote it. But I love the Soggy Bottom Boys, so thanks for sharing it. :)

    PS. That Stairway to Heaven cover by Dolly Parton is epic!

  2. Unfortunately I can’t listen to the 2 iTunes songs without authorization from your computer. But the other songs are fun!
    I actually made an album with the same theme called “Under the Covers,” so I guess great minds think alike. “Wrong! Great minds think for themselves!” (Thank you, Genie.)
    I’m in the Love camp concerning The White Stripes. Especially their roots in blues, folk, country, and bluegrass. That line about them in the remake of Freaky Friday always bugs me… (Haha, that’s two Disney references in one comment!)
    I have a Cat Power version of Wonderwall, which is also excellent.
    Good job on the mix, Ebo!

  3. Very interesting information about “Man of Constant Sorrow.” Thanks, Kevin! I will attempt to fix the playlist…because the two iTunes songs are truly amazing and can’t be missed.

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