Pull up the covers and hear something familiar from someone new.
From the desk of the PD
Ah yes the art of the cover song. I know what you are thinking. The Wedding singer right? WRONG! These are some incredible artists including some that you may know already.
So why the cover?
A cover song gives you a chance to get familiar quickly with the band. You hear something you know in a way that you may have never even thought of before. A completely different experience.
Covers are a unique breed. When you pull up a cover and play the connection is either wow this is great what else does the artist do, or it is what in the world was that and they might and I mean might listen to more. A truly risky venture at best.
When you pull up these covers we have found for you. Listen and experience something new and familiar. Take a journey and find some new artists you want to check out and a couple you already know.
Who’s up first
Mad World – Imagine Dragons
Mad World was released in 1983 off of the Album “The Hurting”
Here is some more
This song “Mad World” is about a depressed young person who feels out of place in this world. He sees life as being empty, and looks for ways to escape the pain. The line, “The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had” suggests thoughts of suicide, but according to Roland Orzabal, who wrote the lyrics, it relates to the psychologist Arthur Janov’s idea that our most dramatic dreams release the most tension. So, the guy in the song isn’t necessarily looking to die – he wakes up from morbid, lucid dreams feeling better.
Roland Orzabal, (Tears for Fears) came up with this song when he was living in an apartment in Bath, England, with his girlfriend, Caroline, who later became his wife. She was working three jobs so he could work on his music (a keeper, for sure!). Orzabal spent a lot of time strumming his acoustic guitar while staring out the window, watching people go about their business. “It’s a bizarre viewpoint to watch people go about their daily routine, having to work for a living when you’re sitting in a flat, unemployed,” he told Top 2000 a gogo. “That’s where it came from.”
Lets pull up the covers some more
Something old and something new continues.
- Karen O and Willie Nelson – Under Pressure
Karen O, is a South Korean-born American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. She is the lead vocalist for American rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Willie Nelson is a Singer Song Writer Country Music Legend.
“Under Pressure” is originally a song by the British rock band Queen and singer David Bowie. Originally released as a single in October 1981.
- Joshua Hilsop – Free Fallin
Joshua Hilsop is Canadian Folk Singer
“Free Fallin'” is the opening track from Tom Petty’s debut solo album, Full Moon Fever (1989). The song was written by Petty and his writing partner for the album, Jeff Lynne, and features Lynne on backing vocals and bass guitar.
- Shawn James – That’s Life
“That’s Life” is a popular song written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon and first recorded in 1963 by Marion Montgomery. The most famous version is by Frank Sinatra, released on his 1966 album of the same name. Sinatra recorded the song after hearing an earlier cover of it by O.C. Smith; the song proved successful and reached the fourth spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
- Charles Bradley – Changes
“Changes” is a song by Black Sabbath. It first appeared on Vol. 4 which was released in 1972. Pitchfork author Stephen Deusner labeled it as one of Black Sabbath’s best songs. Here is some more about changes. The song’s piano melody was composed by guitarist Tony Iommi, who was experimenting with the instrument in the studio. The lyrics were by bassist Geezer Butler, and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne has referred to the song as “heartbreaking”. Quite different from Sabbath’s previous work, the song was described as a “forlornly pretty” ballad by critic Barney Hoskyns. It was inspired mainly by Bill Ward’s breakup with his first wife.
- Teddy Swims – Blinding Lights
“Blinding Lights” is a song by Canadian singer the Weeknd, recorded for his fourth studio album After Hours. It was released on November 29, 2019 as the second single from the album, two days after the release of “Heartless”. The Weeknd wrote and produced the song with Max Martin and Oscar Holter, with Belly and Jason Quenneville receiving additional credits.
Pull up the covers
Twenty One Pilots – Cant Help Falling in love with you