Loving the modern covers

Another discovery from the Very Short List:

On her new album, Wire Waltz, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Megan Hickey (front woman of The Last Town Chorus) strips the Thin White Duke’s 1983 hit “Modern Love” bare, transforming a catchy pop tune into a sad, yearning country ballad. Where Bowie’s version was all manic energy, Hickey’s slowed-down cover finds a startling poignancy in timeworn lyrics.

VSL adds: “A great example of an underrated art: the cover version that allows you to look again at the familiar.” Here’s a couple more examples I’m loving right now:

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5 Responses to Loving the modern covers

  1. Robert says:

    If you’re looking for interesting cross genre covers I recommend Sonata Arctica’s Power Metal cover of wind beneath your wings, and Sarah Mcleod’s covers of AC/DC songs Highway to Hell and You Shook me all night long.

    Oh, and William Shatner’s cover of Common People. You have to hear it once

  2. Anonymous says:

    I really like Seu Jorge’s covers of Bowie songs. Some were used in “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”, but there’s a whole album’s worth in “The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions”.

  3. blueglow says:

    warren zevon’s cover of “back in the high life” is the best cover ever made.

  4. Diane says:

    That’s high praise. I’ll have to check all these out … except William Shatner? Really?

  5. Robert says:

    well I like it. It’s certainly the best song on his album.

    Not that that’s saying a huge amount now that I think about it

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