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13 August 2010 @ 10:27 am
Take It Off  
In general, everything about Ke$ha's music makes my ears want to hide in the corner under a pile of blankets, and if I pay too much attention to her stuff when it's on the radio, I can totally tell she's the kind of woman who I really just want to avoid at all costs.

Today, though, I can't stop listening to this video, which is a cover of Ke$ha's Take It Off:

It does what I love about a well-done cover, which is that it takes the song in a different direction from the original and opens up the possibilities of the song.

As soon as I can stop replaying this, I'm going to listen to some of her other covers.

What are some of your favorite covers, and why?
I'm feeling: chipperchipper
Mouseketeer Stigmatatrom on August 13th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
The space for me for "Take It Off" is filled by this very different song.
catcatya on August 13th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
oo, listen to her love potion #9 :)
ruthless compassion: pouncearoraborealis on August 13th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
<3 <3 <3!
veek on August 13th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, there are many covers I love. The most surprising lately is a stealth cover: I had no idea that "The Whole of the Moon" was not by Peter Mulvey but rather by The Waterboys. (Check out those 80s styles!)

My other current favorite is Bob Dylan's "Boots of Spanish Leather" as covered by Ida. Can't find it on the internet; a shame. I'd be happy to send you an mp3 of it after I get home, if you like.
stephanie m. clarksonthespian on August 14th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
I genuinely think Peter Mulvey's cover is better.

Also, live, he does a copy of Iron & Wine's The Trapeze Artist that breaks my heart.
Jonathan Woodwardwoodwardiocom on August 13th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
"Kiss" by Age of Chance.

Pretty much all of Joan Jett's early work. (Because it's Joan Jett.)
Boring Nerd: cthulhu eyebrowssignsoflife on August 13th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
Jonathan Woodward: Pulp Hero 2woodwardiocom on August 13th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
Boring Nerdsignsoflife on August 13th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
I'm very sad to realize that I seem to be missing the mix which was made for me which included some fantastic covers by Joan Jett. But right now I'm listening to her cover of "Love Hurts", and it is marvelous.
Rowan: River dancingmzrowan on August 13th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Hm...Tori Amos' Teen Spirit and Revolting Cock's Do Ya Think I'm Sexy. I'm also a big fan of crazy covers so I'm a bit surprised that I can only think of those two at the moment...oh, The Rheostatics' One More Colour.
E. K. Mangosteenmangosteen on August 13th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. Where to start?

The second version of "Layla" by Eric Clapton (a self-cover, if you will), because it completes the cycle. The first with all the wildness of an affair gone horribly wrong, and the second being a middle-aged man looking back at what he did and wondering why.

"Hungry Like The Wolf" as covered by Reel Big Fish. It's just a fundamentally different song... one less of mysterious liaisons on the subcontinent, and more of college party madness, and it totally works.

The Blood Swamp version of "Cry Little Sister" by G Tom Mac. Another self-cover. While the first was a flashy 80s theme (is there any other kind?) of The Lost Boys, the cover, inspired by the show "True Blood" is much more earthy and visceral.
stephanie m. clarksonthespian on August 14th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
the independent republic of nopantsistan: guitarfraterrisus on August 13th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Indigo Girls: Romeo & Juliet (Mark Knopfler / Dire Straits) Their covers of Dylan are also amazing but don't really take the song in a different direction – though the version of Tangled Up In Blue on 1200 Curfews comes close...

DaVinci's Notebook & Moxy Fruvous: Shoehorn With Teeth (They Might Be Giants)

Moxy Fruvous: Jockey Full Of Bourbon (Tom Waits)

A second vote for Clapton's self-cover of Layla, per mangosteen above.

They Might Be Giants: Jessica (Allman Brothers Band)

Cake: I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)

Counting Crows: Friend of the Devil (Grateful Dead)

and, of course...

Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band: Wish (Nine Inch Nails), Hell feat. Walter Sickart (Squirrel Nut Zippers)
veek on August 13th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band: Wish (Nine Inch Nails), Hell feat. Walter Sickart (Squirrel Nut Zippers)

Oooh! And Sexy Back (JT)!
emilyshut_it_already on August 13th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
What a lovely diversion at the end of a Friday!

Here's a strong second for "Romeo & Juliet", "Jockey Full of Bourbon," and "I Will Survive."

Two other fun covers by Moxy Fruvous: "Psycho Killer" (Talking Heads) and "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" by the Bee Gees (and all three on one album. win!).

One that I really like is by the Cliks:

Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River":
--album version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hpyr5pC__xI
--live, w/ some extra Beyonce in the middle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0XANmq6ze0

And now, thanks to youtube, I'm loving this version of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face", by their lead singer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA5UedyKBpA

Concreteconcrete on August 13th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
Type O Negative's cover of "Summer Breeze"
sunstealersunstealer on August 13th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
oddly enough, she rocked almost perfect SAT scores too. Go figure.

Completely Socially Unacceptabledeirdre on August 13th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Gary Jules' cover of Mad World.
Co-conspirator of Squeemuffyjo on August 13th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
"Single Ladies" covered by PomplamooseMusic immediately comes to mind although I love a lot of the numbers they do.

And I do happen to love ENSMB's version of Sexy Back which I didn't even know was a cover until recently. Much better than the original IMHO.

stephanie m. clarksonthespian on August 14th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are an all cover supergroup made up from a bunch of the punk bands that met through Lollapalooza.

They do a version of Hava Nagila to the tune of Feliz Navidad, called THe Hava Nagila Christmas Arrangement that kills me.

I also need to give a shoutout to TMBG's Istanbul (Not Constantinople) which many people don't *realize was a cover, and JoCo's touching and wistful acoustic cover of Baby Got Back.