Check Out Our New Cover Songs Blog, In Which We Venture Into The Cure's "Disintegration" by Portugal's Papercutz

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Cover songs can be many things: an inside joke, a knowing nod, a crowd-pleaser, a name drop, a respectful homage or a desperate cry for attention. They're what the early days of rock and roll were built on, and live on today with blogs dedicated to them, albums full of them and clever ways to get bands to do them.

Here at DC9 at Night, we thought we'd get in on the action with a new feature called Covering Tracks. Together, we'll scour the Web to find the very best covers -- or better yet, twist the arms of our favorite artists to lay down some sweet covers for us.

When done well, a cover can bring a smile to your face, or even send chills down your spine. It's the "just right" combination of subject matter and interpretation that can create magic. One I've been obsessed with lately is a cover of "Disintegration" by The Cure.

Culled from one of the greatest albums of the '80s, by one of my favorite bands of all time, the subject matter is dead on, although highly flammable if ham-fisted by amateurs. This version is done by a relatively unknown electronic act from Portugal, Papercutz. The duo of Bruno Miguel and Melissa Veras takes the goth gallop of the original and turns it into a synth symphony that sounds like the sapphic love child of Enya and Fever Ray.
Much like the original, it's about five songs in one. Make sure you stick it out for the chimes that come crashing in at around the :50 mark:

While the video is artfully done, you really should download the mp3, turn it up and fully immerse yourself without distraction. This is honestly one of my favorite covers ever.

Do you have a favorite cover you'd like to see featured? Do you have an awesome cover idea for a local act you think we should string together? Are you a band that'd like to volunteer with no arm-twisting required? Hit us up, let's start covering tracks.

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mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

Well, there's the White Stripes' cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... ) that seems to channel Janis Joplin. I can't say it's a favorite cover because I just now found it while looking for another (so many covers of Jolene out there), but it probably will be.

Steve
Steve

Bowie's cover of Neil's "I've Been Waiting For You" from Heathen.

Mike Ness, "Under the Influences" album

Chris Isaak covers a lot of stuff well.

#BloodCannons

Crozkent
Crozkent

Thin Lizzy's "Cowboy Song" by The SupersuckersRolling Stones' "Under My Thumb" by Social DistortionQueen's "Get Down Make Love" by Nine Inch Nails

just sayin'
just sayin'

Good call on the Social Distortion. Gotta throw in their version of Ring of Fire as well.

Darrylrs
Darrylrs

How about a posting about awful covers! Has anyone heard the Meat Puppets' godawful version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit"?

just sayin'
just sayin'

I realize that the observer music staff makes a hobby out of turning its nose up at all things metal, but one of my favorite covers has always been Type O Negative's version of "Summer Breeze" by Seals and Crofts. They took a 70's soft rock hit and Type O'd the fuck out of it.

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Jasminesmith198714

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MBM
MBM

Let's not forget their covers of Daytripper (pantheon level awesomeness), Cinnamon Girl, Hey Joe, Oye Como Va/Black Magic Woman, and Black Sabbath (from the Satanic perspective).

Holy shit.  I'm going home and listening to some Type O.

RIP PETER STEELE.

And I'll throw in the Hole In The Sky and Electric Funeral covers Pantera did.

just sayin'
just sayin'

I like the cut of your jib, MBM. I also dig those other Type O covers, especially Daytripper and Cinnamon Girl. But something about Summer Breeze just gets me everytime. As far as Pantera goes, Im glad you picked those two covers and not Planet Caravan. I gotta say, that one kinda bored me. But holy shit do the drinks start flying around the room when their cover of Cat Scratch Fever comes one.

Kelly D
Kelly D

For a commenter by the name of Just Sayin' you don't seem to say much. Just yesterday we posted a rather positive Q&A I did with lips from Anvil. This blog has featured items from Hull, Anthrax and Testament and Malleveler in the recent past, also. Be on the lookout for a nice Scott Kelly (Neurosis) piece in the print issue next week, too. It might help to read the blog before commenting.

just sayin'
just sayin'

I have been reading the blog and the dallas observer music pages since well before you had anything to do with it. I ignored the interview with Lips because Anvil is a novelty act. They are only still touring because of the documentary. Anthrax and Testament havent been relevent since the early days of thrash, and even then they were clearly a lap behind the lead pack. So kudos to you for catching 2 guys from old metal bands that were in town at the same time sharing a tour bill. You can't seriously take those 3 examples as some sort of new pro-metal observer stance. You come off sounding like one of those white people that can't miss an opportunity to tell everyone that one of their best friends are black.

I do look forward to the Scott Kelly article. Ive seen Neurosis live twice and Shrinebuilder once. I'm interested to see what he has to say.

whycertainly
whycertainly

If you think, Anthrax and Testament, were anywhere behind the pack of the '80s thrash metal bands...then sir/madam you are nothing better then a Stryper fan disguising themselves in the leather of Motorhead. May your soul be in perpetual dismay!

Coleman
Coleman

bitching about how old and busted Anthrax and Testament are, but jerking off Type O Negative? ha!

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