Friday, January 11, 2008

Elseblog, New and (Re)Covered:
Folk Covers of The Smiths Here, Pop Punk Covers of Folk Songs at Fong Songs



I'm guest hosting over at Fong Songs again today, throwing down a feature on Pop Punk covers of folk songs while Fong heads off to Las Vegas for some culture. (I'd say more, but you know what they say about what happens in Vegas.) If your ears can take the hard stuff, join me at Fong Songs for the sweet non-folk sounds of The Lemonheads, Sonic Youth, P.J. Harvey, Dinosaur Jr., and a bunch of other 80s alt-punk rockers.

Before you go, here's some earcandy, a half-pint (Re)Covered set of folk covers of songs by seminal 80s alt-pop band The Smiths and their lead singer Morrissey, collected on the blogosphere and unearthed while digging through the tracks for last week's post on Billy Bragg. Regular readers will remember that my first guest post over at Fong Songs was a feature on Smiths coversongs, too. And so the world comes full-circle.

From Sandie Shaw's solo acoustic punk folk to Scott Matthews's rich-toned atmospheric indiefolk, the below tracks are worth a second listen. Also included: Decemberist Colin Meloy's solo-with-harmonies cover of two Morrissey tunes, and Joshua Radin's amazing Girlfriend in a Coma, which hit the Fong Songs post late in the game.


Enjoy the music, both here and elseblog. And remember to click on artist names to learn more and purchase music if you like what you hear.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Smiths The Smiths The Smiths... and right on the heels of Billy Bragg!

Some of these covers might not be all that good, but there are plenty that are so worth it.

Thanks for doing the hard work and finding all of these.

I LOVE COVERS!

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