Various A Bunch of Cover Versions

Various A Bunch of Cover Versions
Recently, I've found myself enjoying some covers, and before they become old news, I thought I'd just dump them all in today's edition of Click Hear.

The new War Child Presents Heroes compilations has an impressive list of contributors but I've chosen Yeah Yeah Yeahs' spin on Ramones' "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker," only because it's nice to hear them cut out the frills and do a straight take.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" (Ramones)

Oh, how novel! Hot Chip team up with Peter Gabriel to do the Vampire Weekend song that famously name-checks the former Genesis singer. Oddly enough, it sounds not unlike the polyrhythmic, wordly pop Gabriel popularized over the last couple of decades.

Hot Chip & Peter Gabriel "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" (Vampire Weekend)

Beach House scare the bejeezus out of Queen's original, replacing their playful restraint with a haunting rendition true to their form.

Beach House "Play the Game"

No stranger to covers herself, here Lykke Li's fabulous single is tackled by British indie clubbers Friendly Fires. Instead of their usual dance punk, they turn up the Hi-NRG to, well, about five, and take things back to 1990.

Friendly Fires "I'm Good, I'm Gone (Lykke Li)

I found Carl Newman's recent solo album to be a great disappointment, so it's exciting to hear such a spirited version of Norway's biggest pop hit ever. What's surprising is how Newman strips it of the irony it screams out for. I doubt even A-ha perform it with such pride.

A.C. Newman "Take On Me" (A-ha)

And finally, lifted from the NME's recent tribute album to the world's most popular goths, there's Art Brut's painstakingly true version of the Cure's "Catch," which finds Eddie Argos spewing Robert Smith's dreamy prose as if it was one of his own silly anecdotes.

Art Brut "Catch" (The Cure)