This first set goes out to my dad, because the original songs make me think of him, even though I don’t think he would particularly like these renditions. We have The Door’s “Light My Fire” as covered by Jose Feliciano vs. a kinder, gentler, Spanish guitarier version Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” by Rodrigo y Gabriela.
Next it’s a clash of the punk covers, with Sahara Hotnights doing a punk version of the Ramones’ punk classic,“Rockaway Beach.” Up against that is Lily Allen‘s un-punk version of one of the Clash’s un-punker songs, “Straight to Hell,” which was one of my favorite songs of the Living the Dream Tournament. The Ramones and the Clash can often be mentioned together in one breath in music history, but sometimes they come from different worlds.
Have you ever wanted to feel cooler than Mick Jagger and David Bowie combined? Well, you should probably watch the video for their cover of the Mama’s and the Papa’s “Dancing in the Streets.” It is one of the dorkiest things I have ever seen, and that’s coming from someone who watches Star Trek: TNG while washing dishes to pass the time. I, at least, never leave the house looking like a casual pirate who was dressed by her grandmother. In contrast but also in complement, Nouvelle Vague renders a sweet, fun version of Billy Idol’s “Dancing with Myself.”
And, finally, we have a Peter Gabriel vs. Peter Gabriel. Hot Chip teamed up with him to cover Vampire Weekend’s “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” which references the man, the legend. But Peter Gabriel also wrote some cover-worthy music, so for your consideration is Jeffrey Gaines‘s cover of “In Your Eyes.”
Once again here is your Grooveshark link and your pastable:
“Light My Fire” by Jose Feliciano vs. “Stairway To Heaven” by R
odrigo y Gabriela
“Rockaway Beach” by Sahara Hotnightsvs. “Straight To Hell” by Lily Allen
“Dancing In The Streets” by Mick Jagger and David Bowie vs. “Dancing With Myself” by Nouvelle Vague
“Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” by Hot Chip featuring Peter Gabriel vs. “In Your Eyes (acoustic)” by Jeffrey Gaines