Alright kids- we are sliding into third base here and just about 75% done with this tournament. The time is flying! Without further adieu, the last sets of match-ups for this second round of CoversFall11! Playlist here except for Norah, votes are due by Saturday at 11 pm EST. Good luck!
I Fought The Law (The Clash): Paging Astrid
Wonderwall (Ryan Adams): The original Wonderwall was dominating the airwaves at just about the same time I started developing my own musical tastes. It’s a great song in its own right, but somehow Ryan Adams’ version turns the knob to 11. The stripped down version conveys the absolute loneliness and raw vulnerability perfectly. Notice how it starts off with a just a guitar, and ends with a piano as a subtle reminder that these two people are all each other has. I thought that it has a pretty broad appeal, despite being a bit of a downer. Good luck, and I’d like to see it on the wall of 10s. (Chris B)
Into The Mystic (The Swell Season): Van Morrison is an amazing musician and songwriter. Into the Mystic is one of my all time favorite songs – beautiful lyrics and beautiful sound. My best friend from college and I had a radio show all four years, and played this as our last song on our last broadcast (cute, right?). Anyways, I love the way that Swell Season plays this song. They are also amazingly talented and their voices really complement each other. I also LOVE the way that Glen Hansard just belts out ‘I don’t have to fear it and I want to rock your gypsy soul’ … Um, yes please. (Maureen)
I’m Looking Through You (The Wallflowers): “I’m Looking Through You”, originally by the Beatles, is covered here by the Wallflowers on the “I Am Sam” Soundtrack. The song is about a good relationship gone bad because of people’s inevitable changes over time. Both the original and this version are surprisingly upbeat soundings songs with decidedly less-than-upbeat lyrics. (Adam S)
What A Wonderful World (The Ramones): I’ll admit I first heard Joey Ramone’s cover because I had a 10 year old sister when Freaky Friday came out in 2003, not because I knew this album was posthumously released after he passed away from cancer. I’ve always loved the original for its old-fashioned dream quality, but Ramone’s cover really captures the pure joy and hopeful feeling of the music and lyrics in a sincere way. It’s the kind of song that’s the soundtrack for a good day or could turn a bad day around. Disclaimer: When played loud, may cause uncontrollable dance-like movements. (Anne S)
I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston): Paging Dinah.
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (G Love): Paging Natalie.
Cold Cold Heart (Norah Jones): Paging Meghan.
I Fought The Law (The Clash)
Wonderwall (Ryan Adams)
Into The Mystic (The Swell Season)
I’m Looking Through You (The Wallflowers)
What A Wonderful World (The Ramones)
I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston)
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (G Love)
Cold Cold Heart (Norah Jones)