Published Aug 20, 2007Monday brings news of two rather pleasant cover versions by two somewhat unlikely acts.
First up is Foo Fighters taking a stab at Arcade Fire's single "Keep the Car Running." Surprisingly accomplished without the brawny guitars and screaming vocals Dave Grohl uses far too often, it's a rather faithful rendition with acoustic guitars and Grohl sensitively mimicking Win Butler (for as long as he can without getting shouty). Shit, there's even an accordion!
Foo Fighters "Keep the Car Running"
Arcade Fire "Keep the Car Running"
Next is Ben Lee doing a cover of Against Me!'s New Wave. Yes, the whole damn thing. (Apparently he's a fan, unlike our writer Sam Sutherland.) Lee has always maintained the nice guy image, and in living up to his reputation he's even giving it away as a free download, which makes sense if you think about it.
He even wrote about why he chose to do it on his blog:
"A couple of weeks ago I downloaded the new Against Me! album 'New Wave'. I didnt really know too much about this band but had been reading lots of good things about it, and my friend Tegan sings on it. I like to keep myself up to date with whats going on musically in the world, so I checked it out. I fell in love with the album. Really. Like, couldn't stop listening to it. As heavy and gnarly as it sounds at times, it is unmistakably a pop masterpiece. Listening to it on the way to Australia, I wondered to myself how these songs would sound acoustically.
A couple of days later I was on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne and had the thought "I'd love to cover this album." The whole thing. Beginning to end. So I did.
Anyway, here are the results. If you already know the original album, I hope these recordings shed a different light on it. If you don't know "Against Me!" and like what you hear, go check them out.
Nic Johns is the unspoken hero of this tale. He recorded, produced and mixed it and basically made my dream a reality. Hats off to him.
Hope you guys dig it.
Ben Lee Sings Against Me! New Wave.
Against Me! "White People For Peace"
P.S. Thanks to Stereogum for bringing this to our attention.