Under The Covers
Ever since The Strokes' debut album hit stores in 2001, they've often been dubbed "the saviors of rock." And in many ways, they are. In my opinion, all three albums are stellar, with Room On Fire actually being my favorite. (P.S. Purchase Albert Hammond Jr.'s new solo album, it is bitchin'.)
Sure, everyone from hipsters to frat guys to your mom all listen to The Strokes now, but for good reason: they freaking rule (The Strokes, not your mom. Though I'm sure your mom rules too. I hear she makes a mean quiche). But when a band rules this much, they are bound to eventually attract the attention of a variety of people, including douchebags, which was very evident at the Strokes concert I went to last year. B-T-Dubs, that was one of the best live shows I've ever attended.
I've collected a few covers below, but the ones I'm dying to hear are from Ryan Adams' scrapped project, where he covers the entire Is This It album. I hear there may or may not be a song or two floating around in the blogosphere. If you happen to have an mp3, or even a live track of Ryan Adams covering The Strokes, please do send my way.
Check out the tunes below and leave a comment! Next week: The Rolling Stones.
A TRIBUTE TO THE STROKES
"Heart In A Cage" - Chris Thile (Nickel Creek) [buy album]
VIDEO: "Heart In A Cage (live)" - Chris Thile
- My favorite cover on this list, and maybe one of my favorite covers ever. Absolutely amazing.
"Someday" - Basia Balut
VIDEO: "Someday (live)" - Basia Balut
- Definitely check out the video over the mp3 for a more polished rendition. I really hope she releases an "official" recording soon.
"Reptilia" - Howie Beck
"Last Nite" - Detroit Cobras [buy album]
"Last Nite" - Off The Beat (UPenn a cappella)
"Is This It" - Royal City [buy album]
And of course, The Strokes have covered a few songs as well...
"Clampdown (live)" - The Strokes (The Clash cover)
VIDEO: "Clampdown (live)"- The Strokes
"Life's A Gas (live)" - The Strokes (Ramones cover)
VIDEO: "Life's a Gas (live)"- The Strokes
"Walk On The Wild Side (live)" - The Strokes (Lou Reed cover)
VIDEO: "Walk On The Wild Side (live)"- The Strokes
"Mercy, Mercy Me" - The Strokes, Eddie Vedder and Josh Homme (Marvin Gaye cover) [buy album]
Labels: under the covers