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The second installment of Guilt By Association comes out in February. In case you don’t remember Vol. 1, the compilation featured contemporary indie bands covering so-called “guilty pleasures.” Of course, the problem with these sorts of things is that the “guilty pleasures” have generally written timeless classics that outshine the contemporary band’s not timeless oeuvre. Well, that’s less an issue this time around because, as Vol. 2′s new producer Wesley Verhoeve noted: “I really wanted to make sure that this second one made no assumptions about whatever is guilty or not. The artists and i just picked songs we actually loved that are mainstream pop songs.” Such as My Brightest Diamond doing “Tainted Love,” the Forms on “We Didn’t Start The Fire,” or Takka Takka digging into Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight.” As Takka member Conrad Doucette explains:

“In The Air Tonight” is probably the darkest, and weirdest, tune Phil Collins ever wrote. The structure of the song allowed us to drop some of our own atmospherics onto a song already rich in atmosphere.

Takka listen:

Additionally, you can stream the entire collection below:

Guilt by Association Volume 2 is out 2/17 via Engine Room.

Comments (7)
  1. Faith  |   Posted on Nov 20th, 2008 0

    “Africa” by Lowry is awesome, maybe because the original has always been a favorite of mine, but it’s a nice take.

  2. Santiago  |   Posted on Nov 20th, 2008 0

    Maybe I’m just old and jaded but all of these are pure garbage. The thing about cover collections is that I want to hear the song on it’s own and decide if it could stand alone if that band had made that song today, and none of these sound good enough to warrant any praise. I hate when bands mail it in on covers.

    The only one I like is Lowry’s Africa. Bah!

  3. SR  |   Posted on Nov 20th, 2008 0

    It’s not oeuvre but ?uvre :)

    Thank you !

  4. Laura  |   Posted on Nov 20th, 2008 0

    Now Stereogum, it would be great if you could get your hands on the St. Vincent/Sufjan cover of In the Air Tonight. I really enjoyed the male/female dynamics of that version and the sax/drums/overall instrumentation.

  5. eh, just ok, but i bet would be pretty awesome to catch live

  6. Damn, Frightened Rabbit never fails to get me going. Great band. Thanks for streaming this.

  7. Matt  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2008 0

    the Takka Takka cover is awful. i liked the Forms garage take on Joel

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