Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Verb "To Cover"

It wasn't my intention to make this "Covers Week," but I stumbled upon The Verbs.

The Verbs have three albums. Who knew? I didn't. Steve Jordan, Pino Palladino, Willie Weeks, Tamio Okuda and Meeghan Voss from 80's CBGB's mainstays, The Antoinettes have just released "Cover Story."  Here are their takes on Todd Rundgren and The Dave Clark 5. I was hoping this record would be at least half as exciting as the press release.

Listen and see what you think.


Anonymous said...

Hello, please remain seated,

Covers week! Excellent decision, even if you just kinda fell into it. Who among us doesn't enjoy a good...blah, blah, blah. Glad All Over works more for me than the Todd cover, but pretty good over all. turn....For your listening pleasure...obscure Australian band, The Clouds, cover Wichita Lineman.

I frikkin' love this version.


buzzbabyjesus said...

Maybe it's just not enough coffee, but I had little patience for either of these. "I Saw The Light" plods, even though I like the Todd does George slide guitar. And "Glad All Over" sounds like countless skinnny tie new wave punky bands circa 1978. Here are the Rezillos with "Glad All Over" from 1978:

William Repsher said...

I liked both tracks enough to check them out on EMusic. From that same album, two tracks do exactly what a cover's supposed to do: either improve on the original or take it in a new direction. They do very cool things with "I'm Not Lisa" and "United We Stand" ... two songs I would have pictured sucking as covers. But they nailed them.

I sampled their two (mostly) non-covers albums, and they didn't quite register with me. They surely sound right, good musicians, good vocals, tasteful arrangements, but the songs just didn't fully grab me. Still, worth hearing.