Tennis Covers The Zombies

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Denver vintage pop duo Tennis, but today they’re back with a cover of The Zombies’ “Tell Her No” as well as an announcement for an upcoming release. Tennis, on their plans:

We’ve spent the last several months writing and preparing for what we hope will keep us busy all winter. We will be announcing a Forest Family release in the next couple of weeks as well as tour dates to make up for the Vaccines tour cancellations. Also, we are excited to announce the existence of our next album (produced by our new friend Patrick Carney) coming out early next year. In the meantime, we made this cover of the Zombies “Tell Her No.” It’s been a long time favorite of ours and is the best use of a lone-clap we’ve ever heard.

(via Gorilla Vs. Bear)

Patrick Carney, eh? The Black Keys are staying busy. Stream Tennis’s take on “Tell Her No” down below.

The Origins 7” is out soon on Forest Family.

Comments (6)
  1. So it’s a karaoke cover with female vocals over the original song.

    I know people will disagree with me, and that’s fine – to each his own – but I’m just wondering why:

    1) Bands think that it is “honouring” a song by putting their voice on an identical arrangement – isn’t this tantamount to saying “This song was good, but my voice would make it better.” If that isn’t the thought…why bother making an inferior version?

    2) People enjoy listening to a song that is identical to the original, with a different voice?

    I really can’t stand this practice. It’s my personal taste I don’t mean to knock those who love the practice of trying to duplicate originals – and I think it’s an awesome fun thing for a musician to try to do, but I’d really like to understand what the enjoyment is from the perspective of a listener, because I don’t.

    The original “Tell Her No” is an awesome song, and an awesome arrangement. it already exists why clutter the world with identical things? There aren’t artists painting Campbell’s soup cans with their own brush strokes, or directors doing shot-for-shot remakes with the same soundtracks and dialogue, but different actors – it’s nice to change things up a little bit.

    tl;dr, obviously.

  2. haters gon’ hate

  3. They were like, “Oh, Zombies cover…just in time for Halloween. And while we’re at it try out Hasbro’s new electronic toy, the Lite-Brite!”

  4. There are two opposing schools of thought re: cover versions, both of which I find irritating. The first you note here: being so worshipful of the original that you make no meaningful changes. It is pointless to try to out-Zombie the Zombies. However, I find the other extreme just as bothersome: “covering” a song in such a way that it is completely unrecognizable. Cat Power is frequently guilty of the latter–see her versions of “Satisfaction” and “New York.” Musically, these covers are so far removed from the source material that I wouldn’t recognize them at all were it not for the lyrics.

    The best covers are the ones that find a middle ground: They are recognizable but also distinct.

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