Amanda Palmer Covers “Everybody Hurts”

As we mentioned in the original Drive XV post, nothing speaks to the influence Automatic For The People’s had on the current crop of indie rockers more directly than the amazing number of high-caliber artists who expressed interest in contributing to the compilation. So now that the word on our little Automatic party is out, we can get to the good business of presenting to you the slew of bonus tracks the comp yielded. First up: the Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, joined by Cormac Bride on “Everybody Hurts.”

[Pic from the Dresden Dolls @ Webster Hall 4/22/06]

In his essay, Matthew said “Everybody Hurts” may well be the single most sympathetic and compassionate song about teenage depression of all time. But hey, that’s heavy, and Amanda’s words on the cut have less to do with that painfully emotional adolescent place, and more to do with how her rendition came together. She writes:

I had just landed from the UK and got an email from Stereogum at around 5 pm that they wanted a cover of an REM song. It sounded like fun, but they had a deadline, and I was only in town for two more days. I said yes anyway and then about 13 minutes later Cormac called randomly to say ‘hi,’ so I asked if he would come over at night with his guitar, but the computer was being weird and we only had two working tracks, and we wanted to record it totally live, and I didn’t know how to fix it, and so we called Noah, who was at the Columbus having drinks with Troy, and he didn’t want to come back to fix it right then, so I called Vessela next door to see if maybe she wanted to come over and record a track of names of people she had hurt in her Bulgarian accent because I thought that would be great and we would add Max with a people he had hurt in his British accent and Lee would add a list with Lee in his Montana accent and Cormac and I would both do a hurt list too and then we’d have this great jumble of names of hurt people …. and Vessela said sure and Max said sure and Lee said sure and I told them we were waiting for Noah to come back and fix the computer and Vessela said maybe troy could fix it and I said but he’s with Noah at the bar. And Noah finally came home and we finally recorded it at 2:30 in the morning, and then we were done and everybody who was going to record names of people they had wronged had gone to bed so we didn’t get to do that part. Don’t throw your hand.

And that’s how it happened. The Amanda track MP3 is a ‘Gum Drop exclusive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your stream on. To listen to the cut (or to get situated for “Everybody Hurts” MP3 delivery), head here.

Lots more bonus tracks to come. Enjoy.