To Die By Your Side

And I know by your eyes

November 6th, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve done a covers post. Back in the halcyon days of this blog it used to be a regular Sunday thing. So I thought I’d resurrect it today if that’s okay with you. Not that I’m necessarily saying it’ll become a regular thing again but at least for today, I’ve got a couple of corkers for you. We start off with the ever reliable Jarvis Cocker whose rather lovely and ever so oddly jaunty take on Leonard Cohen is a joy. Jarvis’s knowingly dry delivery seems to fit this bittersweet ditty pretty well and the tinge of sadness in his voice really emphasises the inevitable fallout to come despite the temporary calm that is in the relationship depicted. It’s also rather surprising how well the country tinge suits him.

In a similar vein, we have Band Of Skulls whose usual blues rock bluster is replaced here with a slow studied country sadness. It’s a gorgeous ballad dripping in longing and loss. Tender and fragile, you just get the impression that vocalist Emma Richardson could just break down any second. You can almost picture her with tear streaked make-up running down her face, her heart irredeemably  broken. If ever a song was destined to be listened to by candle light with a glass of wine in hand, this is it.

We end with Badly Drawn Boy who can seemingly take any song and make it sound like he just wrote it five minutes ago while he was bored. Which while it sounds liek I men he just tosses any old thing out, was actually meant to be a compliment. He really does just make it seem so effortless and with this track he does exactly what a good cover should do. He both pays respect to the original while also making you forget or at least question what the original version ever sounded like.

Jarvis Cocker – tonight will be fine (Leonard Cohen cover live acoustic session version)

Band Of Skulls – walkin’ after midnight (Patsy Cline cover live session version)

Badly Drawn Boy – the power of love (Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover live acoustic session version)

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Rach posted the following on November 7, 2011 at 7:36 am.

Every single one of these covers is awesome. Thanks 🙂

Jim posted the following on November 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm.

Hey man, wheres the frankie goes to hollywood cover by badly drawn boy gone?? i loved that song. I can’t find it anywhere on the web! where did you get it from?
thanks in advanced.

Jim posted the following on December 19, 2011 at 8:36 am.

hi mate, can you re-up the power of love, its an amazing song and i would hate not to be able to listen to it one day. so it would be great if you could re-up or tell me where you got it from 🙂

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