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Rex Sorgatz

The Grey Album is less great in retrospect

feb 26
2002

women on the verge

 Today, a special feature: Fimoculous Radio. Well, it's both better and worse than radio: it's MP3s, which you have to download to hear, but which you can keep once downloaded. Today's theme: Women Doing Cover Versions Of Songs Originally Written And Performed By Men. This list obviously isn't comprehensive, but there are a few good finds on it. Let me know if you see egregious oversights. Right click and save:

 Sleater-Kinney, "Fortunate Son" (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
 Tori Amos, "Real Men" (Joe Jackson)
 Britney Spears, "Satisfaction" (Rolling Stones)
 PJ Harvey and Bjork, "Satisfaction" (Rolling Stones)
 Cat Power, "Satisfaction" (Rolling Stones)
 Sheryl Crow, "Sweet Child O' Mine" (Guns 'n Roses)
 Sheryl Crow, "Dyer Maker" (Led Zeppelin)
 The Donnas, "Strutter" (KISS)
 Liz Phair, "Beginning To See The Light" (The Velvet Underground)
 Cowboy Junkies, "Sweet Jane" (The Velvet Underground)
 Tori Amos, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Nirvana)
 Sinead O' Connor, "All Apologies" (Nirvana)
 Hole, "You've Got No Right" (Kurt Cobain)
 Hole, "Hungry Like The Wolf" (Duran Duran)
 Emmylou Harris, "Wrecking Ball" (Neil Young)
 Aimee Mann, "One" (Three Dog Night)
 Kate Bush, "Rocket Man" (Elton John)
 Rickie Lee Jones, "Rebel, Rebel" (David Bowie)
 Dolly Parton, "Help" (The Beatles)
 Kittie, "Run Like Hell" (Pink Floyd)
 Diamanda Galas, "I Put A Spell On You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)
 X, "Soul Kitchen" (The Doors)
 Pretenders and Emmylou Harris, "She" (Gram Parsons)
 Cyndi Lauper, "What's Going On" (Marvin Gaye)
 Alanis Morissette, "King of Pain" (The Police)
 The Bangles, "Hazy Shade of Winter" (Paul Simon)
 Pointer Sisters, "Slow Hand" (Conway Twitty)

Don't know where to start? For quality, I'd recommend the PJ/Bjork "Satifaction" cover; for weird, Kittie doing Pink Floyd; for classic, Cowboy Junkies on the VU; for maudlin, Tori remaking Nirvana; and for rockin, Sleater-Kinney killin CCR. In most cases, I would say the cover is better than the original, with the complete understanding that "better" isn't really a word to use in the cover-song lexicon.




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