Votes due Friday, October 21th at 11 PM EST:
Welp, the time for themes has come and gone. Now you just get songs that maaaaybe have something in common. Or just song match-ups that seem to make sense to me, and to my friend Flannery, who helped me make today’s playlist.
Grooveshark link is here, happy listening!
First up, we have David Gray’s cover of the Nina Simone song, “In the Morning.” Brit David Gray faces Irishman, Ronan Keating covering “When You Say Nothing at All”, originally by Alison Krauss. Link here: people from the British Isles covering American artists.
Next we have Chris Cornell’s cover of “Billie Jean.“ The former Audioslave/Soundgarden frontman had this to say about his version: “It’s sort of gospel-y, blues-y. I’ve done it a couple of times live as well where it’s just acoustic and really enjoyed it.” He faces “Puttin’ on the Ritz,“ as done by Taco. His synthpop cover of the Irving Berlin’s original peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 1983. Link here: cover of an 80s song versus 80s cover of a song. So…. the 80s.
Moving right along, next we see a slightly more obvious link – acoustic guitar-sy covers. Bluegrass or spanish? You decide. Chris Thile plays “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground.” This White Stripes cover faces Rodrigo y Gabriela, in their second appearance in this tournament. Their song is combination of two covers – “One / Take Five, ” by Dave Brubeck and Metallica, respectively. Spanish acoustic guitar covering jazz and metal? Yup. That happened. It seems to work.
Last up in this round, we hear Ace Frehley’s “New York Groove,” Ace Frehley once told Rolling Stone magazine that his unique take on the song was inspired by his experience with hookers in New York City’s pre-Rudy Giuliani Times Square. (thanks Wikipedia for that gem!) It faces Harvey Danger’s cover of English Beat song, “Save It For Later,” released on the soundtrack for the film 200 Cigarettes. Link here: A song about New York versus a song from a soundtrack of a movie set in New York.
Pasteable and Grooveshark:
“In the Morning” David Gray vs. “When You Say Nothing at All” Ronan Keating
“Billie Jean” Chris Cornell vs. “Puttin’ on the Ritz” Taco
“Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” Chris Thile vs. “One / Take Five” Rodrigo y Gabriela
“New York Groove” Ace Frehley vs “Save It For Later” Harvey Danger