There’s been a huge amount of cover songs laid down this year and I now present to you SIMGE’s Top 10 of 2010. I’d love to hear what you think. Let me know if I missed anything, if something should not be on here, if you hate my face and/or any other features of my being. Just give me some feedback.
10) “Downtown” (MU330) by Toh Kay
I was skeptical about the latest split release by Toh Kay (Tomas Kalnoky – Streetlight Manifesto) and Dan P. (Dan Potthast – MU330, The Stitch Up). It would be the second Kalnoky associated release of the year that were cover songs (the other being Streetlight’s 99 Songs Of Revolution Vol. 1) and I’ve fully immersed myself in Streetlight Manifesto’s catalogue and believed I didn’t need to hear those songs done by Potthast. However, I was found to be wrong, and this gem of an MU330 cover emerged.
9. “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” (Bob Dylan) Dirty Projectors
I enjoyed this soulful Dylan cover.
8. “All I Have To Do Is Dream” (Everly Brothers) by Miniature Tigers
If you were playing an Everly Bros 45 of the duos 1958 hit, and Dr. Dre materialized in your dorm room and proceeded to drop an ice cold Dr. Pepper on your prized piece of vinyl, in turn slowing it down to 33 RPMs, Miniature Tigers’ rendition would be the mystifying result…and for those who don’t get my Dre reference, click here.
7. “Paper Planes” (M.I.A.) by Street Sweeper Social Club
6. “Tonight, Tonight” (Smashing Pumpkins) by Passion Pit
This cover is a series of substitutions. Passion Pit switched out Billy Corgan’s nasally growl for Michael Angelakos’ angelic squeal, teenage angst ridden guitars for twinkling keys, and pounding drims, for spacey electronics. All in all…I love it.
5. “Everyday” (Buddy Holly) by The Postelles
Without Buddy Holly, a lot of Rock acts wouldn’t exist, but it seems truest for this New York quartet whose minimalistic Garage-Rock tunes raise a glass to Holly, ’60s Motown, The Ramones, and The Strokes. This salute to the lead Cricket isn’t lengthy, but gets stuck in your mind.
4. “Whip My Hair” (Willow Smith) by Jimmy Fallon and Bruce Springsteen
I love that despite all his fame and fortune, Bruce is still a man of the people, one who doesn’t think twice about walking up to a couple of newlyweds on the Asbury Park boardwalk and playing a few songs for them. He hasn’t become someone that’s forgotten how to have fun or a person that won’t poke fun at himself, and that’s just what he did here with Jimmy Fallon, who played a pretty convincing Neil Young.
3. “Don’t Pray On Me” (Bad Religion) by William Elliot Whitmore
When William Elliot Whitmore strolls upon the stage he travels light, bringing only the banjo on his back, a shot of Jack, and the heart of a punk rocker. His gritty and bone dry brand of Southern Folk-Rock made for one hell of a Bad Religion cover.
2. “Pursuit Of Happiness” (Kid Cudi) by Lissie
Lissie’s bluesified howls definitely capture and convey the struggles Cudi talks about on this track. It’s a great cover.
1. “Hell” (Squirrel Nut Zippers) by Streetlight Manifesto
This list began with Tomas Kalnoky and it will most certainly end with he and his crew of Ska-Punk pirates. Streetlight Manifesto has been ripping through this song at its shows for years and were finally able to lay it down on 99 Songs Of Revolution Vol. 1, a project the band placed on the back-burner for the better part of a decade. If I could, I would have put the entire record on here, and at 10 songs long, it would have fit too. However, that just is not practical is it? Thus, the albums representative will have to be the “Hell.”