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10 Obscure Covers Better Than The Originals

When you're not using it to try and keep up with the world's continuous flailing lurches towards a preposterous and avoidable end, Twitter can be…
Nate Patrin | August 13, 2018 - 12:00 pm

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8 Memorable Depeche Mode Covers

Here's a phrase that tends to bug me when it comes up in music criticism: "style over substance." It's usually thrown around when a writer…
Nate Patrin | July 30, 2018 - 3:07 pm

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10 Memorable Covers Of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love”

All these editions of Gotcha Covered, and finally, it's time to ask: How do we deal with Elvis, really? The man died shortly before I…
Nate Patrin | July 16, 2018 - 1:00 pm

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Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back Turns 30: 7 Unexpected Covers

Thirty years ago today, Public Enemy rewired the brains of hip-hop heads, skatepunks, heshers, and pretty much everyone else who got pulled into their orbit…
Nate Patrin | June 28, 2018 - 11:13 am

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The Cars’ Perfect Debut Album Turns 40 Today: 9 Great Covers

"The debut album that plays like a Greatest Hits album" is an old rock-journo cliché, but sometimes that's what you have to go for --…
Nate Patrin | June 6, 2018 - 2:29 pm

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The Jazz-Rap Explosion Of 1993, 25 Years Later

Twenty-five years after its release, hindsight reveals one now-dated aspect of Guru's Jazzmatazz, Volume 1: The front cover refers to its fusion of hip-hop and…
Nate Patrin | June 5, 2018 - 1:15 pm

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“Moon River” Is Having Another Moment: 8 Unlikely Covers That Got Us Here

It seems like "Moon River" is having another one of those moments -- and a kind of baffling one at that. The Henry Mancini-composed tune…
Nate Patrin | May 21, 2018 - 1:24 pm

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The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You” Turns 40 Today: 8 Unlikely Covers

Forty years ago today, AOR goons and rock purists were suddenly confronted with a sobering thought: What happens if a veteran rock act's idea to…
Nate Patrin | May 10, 2018 - 2:55 pm

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8 Earth, Wind And Fire Covers That Work

I don't believe in superstition, but here I am, a writer with a cover-songs column, discovering on Friday, April 13 that Taylor Swift did a…
Nate Patrin | April 23, 2018 - 3:44 pm

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Music Has The Right To Children Turns 20

Remember ephemera? I mean, you're not supposed to -- it's short-term material meant to leave a vague informational imprint on your mind before receding to…
Nate Patrin | April 20, 2018 - 10:13 am

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10 Of The Best Elton John Covers

Maybe your first thought on Elton John's announced retirement tour was something along the lines of a shrug. Oh, right, another Boomer from the classic
Nate Patrin | April 6, 2018 - 11:15 am

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8 Notable Covers Of “Where Is My Mind?” On Its 30th Anniversary

Sometimes all you can do is stare off into space and wonder what the hell is going on. That's not the easiest frame of mind…
Nate Patrin | March 21, 2018 - 3:00 pm

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TNT Turns 20

In the late '70s, punk rock was regularly credited, by its practitioners and champions, as the big reset button rock music needed -- a severing…
Nate Patrin | March 9, 2018 - 11:52 am

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Gotcha Covered: Madonna

Thirty years ago, on March 1, 1988, Ciccone Youth's The Whitey Album was supposed to come out. It didn't, of course -- not until the…
Nate Patrin | March 5, 2018 - 12:12 pm

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Ghetto Blastin’ Disintegrating: Deconstructing Beck 20 Years Later

At the beginning of 1998, it felt easy to peg Beck as one of the top-tier artists of alt-rock. After he followed up the seemingly…
Nate Patrin | February 16, 2018 - 4:29 pm

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Halfway tempted to ask what the date for this event was so I can retroactively add it to this list
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August 28, 2017 on So Sexy? It Hurts: The Confounding Afterlife Of Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy”
It definitely would've made it if I'd expanded this to collaborative/guest features, along with UNKLE's "Rabbit in Your Headlights".
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June 30, 2016 on The 10 Best DJ Shadow Songs