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My favorites in order: 1. peter gabriel 2. peter gabriel 3. peter gabriel 4. peter gabriel 4. So ...and then all the rest
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July 26, 2013 on Peter Gabriel Albums From Worst To Best
The first four pg albums were released with the title "peter gabriel," at least in the U.K. He said that he intended them to be like issues of a magazine.
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July 26, 2013 on Preview Arcade Fire’s Cover Of Peter Gabriel’s “Games Without Frontiers”
While I'm a big fan of UMO, this cover strikes me as entirely unnecessary. There are plenty of more obscure Redding tracks that would be ripe for reinterpretation, but covering his most recognizable tune in such an orthodox manner is a waste of time. You can't out-Otis Otis!
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June 14, 2013 on Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” (Otis Redding Cover)
While I'm a big UMO fan, this cover strikes me as completely unnecessary. There are plenty of more obscure Redding tunes that would be ripe for reinterpretation, but picking his most recognizable song and covering it in such an orthodox way is a waste of time. You can't out-Otis Otis.
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June 14, 2013 on Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” (Otis Redding Cover)
The verse sounds like "Every Breath You Take"
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August 3, 2012 on Bloc Party – “Day Four”
Sounds like they sampled/distorted Berlin's "Take My Breath Away"
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March 26, 2012 on Zambri – “Hundred Hearts”
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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October 16, 2011 on Tennis Covers The Zombies
Petra Haden does a pretty incredible a capella cover of "Don't Stop Believing": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw3GTTYgEV8
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August 1, 2011 on “Don’t Stop Believin'” Turns 30
Agreed on Soft Pack. Other albums I think deserved more attention in 2010: * Apollo Ghosts: Mount Benson * Dum Dum Girls: I Will Be * Sam Phillips: Long Play * Sophie Hunger: 1983
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January 14, 2011 on The 20 Most Overlooked LPs Of 2010