I suppose it's a bit unfair for me to post a bunch of music the night before Saturday Night Jukebox, especially when rumour has it that long lost Andrew Baxter will be making a reappearance to host The Box. But, you know, you gotta roll with what moves you on this writing/blogging thing.
In my continuing quest to instill my child with a sense for good music early on, we were having a bit of a family room dance party earlier this week to Outkast's Hey Ya. If you haven't had a family room dance party with Andre 3000, you haven't lived yet. I'm just saying.
But earlier tonight I was watching the kiddo and we needed more of a sing-along number than a dance number. That caused me to remember the following excellent version of Hey Ya by the band Obadiah Parker, which I played and to which I sang her to sleep.
I freely admit that I am a cover song junkie. Hell, I did an entire SNJB on cover songs. We often talk about "the best covers," which is a conversation that can go on for a long time (get into it with Trevor, he might throw peanuts or some other snacking item in a bowl at you). If you're not familiar with original version of Hey Ya, you can check it out here.
But what I like about the above song is how interesting it is. Undoubtedly debate could rage on as to whether this version or the orignal version is better. But you can't deny that the Obadiah Parker version of the song is an interesting take.
Sticking with the theme and pinned down by a sleeping child, I decided to play and sing this cover by the Ooks of Hazzard of MGMT's Kids (original here):
Ukuleles! Who da thunk it?
The song Kids has an odd effect on me. I get teary every time I hear it. Can't really explain why. Even done with ukuleles, this version still gets me in that way. In some senses even more, actually. Watching the passion present on the musicians' faces, how into it they are. Sublime. I love it.
Of course, no post about cover songs would be complete without an offering from The Afghan Whigs. If you're not familiar with the band, you can check out their wiki here. Critically acclaimed in the 90's, I became familiar with The Afghan Whigs through their epic covers of soul songs (they even have an album devoted to the practice).
I'd heard a couple of these covers, but nothing -- and I mean nuthin' -- touches this particular cover of My World is Empty Without You, originally performed by the Supremes. I mean, seriously, do me a favour here. Watch this scratchy but faithful performance by Mary, Flo, and Diana first:
Done? Good, right? That's some solid Motown gold there. Glad we're all in agreement. Now watch what The Afghan Whigs do to that sucker and I'll see you next time.