I asked artists what their favourite cover version was and why:
My favourite cover version is probably Joe Cocker’s version of “A Little Help From My Friends”. It’s the definitive version of the song, to me; it’s certainly a totally different beast to the original. And it’s arguably Cockers’ finest performance too.
Hendrix covering Dylan. If ya gonna do a cover it has to be a total reinvention really or it’s cheating. Hendrix doused Dylan’s original in petrol and set it alight. Stone wall classic.
The Crookes (George):
Caitlin Rose – Pink Rabbits by The National. She has such a great voice and I love the arrangement. She takes a very brooding, distant sounding song and turns it into a very warm, intimate thing.
Plus, she’s on Domino, the same as Arctic Monkeys, and a couple of years ago did a 7″ with covers of Piledriver Waltz and Love is a Laserquest which are both amazing and well worth checking out if you haven’t heard them.
My favourite cover song would have to be Seahaven’s cover of ‘Bad Diary Days’ by Pedro the Lion. The cover is only on youtube but it is worth the watch as the scenery, encompassing the band, really adds to the dreary/emotional feel of the song. The cover isn’t too far off from the original in terms of dynamics but Kyle Soto’s strained vocals really add a nice twist to the song. The quiet but constant bassline fits so well, complimenting the gentle acoustic guitar. Although filmed outside with the sound of raindrops in the background, the tone of the bass and guitar are so warm sounding and really just took me somewhere else when I first heard it. The drums are so in time and appropriate for the song that they sound almost sampled…which I absolutely love. Maybe I’m biased because I love Seahaven anyway, but this cover is something special and sounds like it was meant for the band to cover. The best song/video for a rainy day.