Many moons ago I was a long-haired hippie. I remember seeing Phish at the Molson Amphitheatre and they debuted a cover of “Misty Mountain Hop” by Led Zeppelin. They were famous for their reinterpretations of song and full albums and it really sparked my love for a great cover.
For years I scoured Napster for covers and that’s continued over the years.
I’ve secretly been building a playlist of new cover songs from the past 12 months. It’s ripe for sharing now but I thought it would be fun to build a playlist of the originals as a counterpoint.
Listening to the two back-to-back has been an interesting experience. Hearing how artists choose to make a song their own tells a lot about who they are. Some have chosen play the song note for note while others have completely reinterpreted.
Of course the question is always can you improve on the original? The answer makes a lively debate to be sure, however I will leave it up to you to decide.
For the sake of argument, I’m going to say Andrew Combs’ version of the The Strokes’ “Reptilia” is a vast improvement.
I’m interested to hear your opinion.