Thursday, September 27, 2007

same angst, different channel.

ladies and gentlemen, lady writer has left the building.

only to resurface at

do drop by, she'll be thrilled to see you, even if she doesn't admit it.

Friday, May 18, 2007

That one last's shot/ A permanent vacation.

Aerosmith in Bangalore soon. Won't be at the show, but it got me thinking about my Top Twenty covers. (Clearly because of their version of Come Together, which must be the most covered Beatles song in history.)

These are the ones I came up with, and I'm pretty staggered there isn't one track from I Am Sam. Sarah McLachlan's Blackbird would make it Twenty-One. Hmph.

Anyway, here it is:

Arthur Alexander's Soldier Of Love - The Beatles

Bill Withers' Ain't No Sunshine - Tori Amos

Bob Dylan's To Make You Feel My Love - Billy Joel

Carly Simon's Nobody Does It Better - Radiohead

Cat Stevens' The First Cut Is The Deepest - Rod Stewart

Cat Stevens' Wild World - Mr. Big

Crowded House's Don't Dream It's Over - Sixpence None The Richer

David Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World - Nirvana

Don Henley's The End Of The Innocence - Bruce Hornsby

Don McLean's American Pie - Madonna

J. Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers' Last Kiss - Pearl Jam

Prince's Manic Monday - The Bangles

Simon and Garfunkel's Cecilia - Suggs

The Beatles' Come Together - Aerosmith

The Beatles' Something - Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton

The Beatles' You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - Oasis

The Chiffons' One Fine Day - Natalie Merchant

The Lover Speaks' No More I Love Yous - Annie Lennox

The Police's King Of Pain - Alanis Morrisette

The Supremes' You Can't Hurry Love - Phil Collins

Love them all, and I think every single one is better than the original. In my head at least, the gap between original and cover is easily mapped: Bob Dylan on the extreme left (read, miles ahead of the original), and the Beatles' on the extreme right (read, just as good, possibly a teeny, tiny bit better).

For more on covers, check out The Covers Project.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Don't let your life/ Pass you by.

Find myself listening to Sarah McLachlan, just like I have a dozen times before. And, doubtless, I will, many times over, after this.

And, quite out of the blue, here's a list of Top Twenty tracks that I didn't know I couldn't live without:

Brilliant Disguise - Bruce Springsteen

Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol

Crazy - Seal

Everything About You - Ugly Kid Joe

Hey You - Pink Floyd

Iris - Goo Goo Dolls

King Of Wishful Thinking - Go West

Last Kiss - Pearl Jam

Lemon Tree - Fool's Garden

Love Over Gold - Dire Straits

Owner Of A Lonely Heart - Yes

Republic - New Order

Rotterdam (Or Anywhere) - The Beautiful South

Soldier Of Love - The Beatles

The Blower's Daughter - Damien Rice

The Boy Is Mine - Brandy and Monica

Walking On The Sun - Smash Mouth

When You're Gone - Bryan Adams (featuring Mel C.)

Why Does It Alway Rain On Me? - Travis

You Could Be Mine - Guns 'n' Roses

Not to be confused with The Twenty that I know I couldn't see another sunrise without:

Angel - Sarah McLachlan

An Innocent Man - Billy Joel

Blaze Of Glory - Bon Jovi

Can't Stand Losing You - The Police

Change The World - Eric Clapton

Closer - Dido

Daysleeper - REM

Don't Cry - Guns 'n' Roses

Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House

Eight Days A Week - The Beatles

Everybody's Changing - Keane

Foolish Games - Jewel

Love Is On The Way - Saigon Kick

Love Song For A Vampire - Annie Lennox

Open Your Heart - Madonna

Romeo And Juliet - Dire Straits

Searchin' My Soul - Vonda Shepard

Two Princes - Spin Doctors

Unsent - Alanis Morissette

Wonderwall - Oasis

Just extended all Top Tens to Twenties. Not that it makes a difference; I'm bound to have skipped a few. Still, made me feel a little better.
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