10 Superlative Covers

20 Dec

(note: all mp3s removed to make room for the latest audioblog)

I sometimes daydream about being the lead singer of an improvisational band. After the set break, I’d come out with a bugle and play reveille [Play], but in place the last note, the band would launch into the first note of a cover tune. Sometimes, when I’m walking down the street or taking BART, I’ll play reveille in my head and try to figure out the most recognizable first notes of songs (like this [Play], this [Play], or this [Play]). Following is not a list of those songs, it’s simply a list of cover tunes that put a smile on my face. I hope you’ll like them too.

My Ten Favorite Cover Tunes (in no particular order)


Paradise City (Guns n’ Roses) by Scubba


Ladybug Picnic (Sesame Street) by Elizabeth Mitchell


19th Nervous Breakdown (Rolling Stones) by Nash the Slash


Common People (Pulp) by William Shatner


Emulsified (Rex Garvin & the Mighty Cravers’) by Yo La Tengo


Iron Man (Black Sabbath) by The Cardigans


Let’s Dance (David Bowie) by M. Ward


Let Down (Radiohead) by Easy Star All Stars (featuring Toots Hibbert)


Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith) by Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke


Straight Out of Compton (NWA) by Nina Gordon

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3 Responses to “10 Superlative Covers”

  1. Juli December 27, 2006 at 5:57 am #

    Thanks for the tunes. I definitely need to expand my music collection. Ladybug picnic was my favorite.

  2. Sharona January 26, 2007 at 11:38 pm #

    Did you remove the links? I wanted to download these at work so I can listen my heart out. I LOVE Ladybug picnic best followed by Paradise City.

  3. Anonymous January 24, 2008 at 4:45 pm #

    Where is Dynamite Hack’s Boyz in Da Hood (Easy-E)?

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