|SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies : The Logical Debut
||[May. 3rd, 2015|10:00 am]
Welcome to the debut of my new weekly goth/industrial music feature, SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies!
What is this?
This is a weekly blog highlighting a featured COVER SONG!
What are "cover songs?"
Well, in case that's actually a question anyone has, covers songs are songs that have been performed or recorded by an artist other than the one who originally performed or recorded it. A familiar example might be "Here Comes The Rain Again," originally released by the Eurythmics in 1984, which has been covered by various artists including The Crüxshadows in 1999. Another example popular in goth culture might be "Cry Little Sister," originally by Gerard McMann, (perhaps known best for its inclusion on the "Lost Boys" movie soundtrack in 1987,) which has been covered and reinterpreted by artists like Carfax Abbey, Blutengel, and others.
I'm a fan of them. In some cases I enjoy when a song I love is creatively redone in a way that adds to it. In other ways I love the delicious way some pop hits can be transformed into something dark and take on an altogether other meaning or mood. In some cases it's just a nice change from the familiar.
Also, I've done a couple of "Covered-Dish" themes at club events and from the feedback I got after them, it seems many people were confused by the concept; mistaking the theme as "remixes" or believing everything they'd hear would be unfamiliar because they don't know just how many of the songs they already dance to on a regular basis are covers!
I think it's worth sharing the origins, so in addition to featuring the cover here, I'll be including the original (where I'm able) for comparison and maybe even a broader appreciation of the track.
Some will be old favorites. Some will brand new. I expect some will be recognizable. I imagine others might be entirely obscure. I hope all will be interesting to you and something you'd dance to in the dark of some dimly-lit dungeon of a nightclub.
What's this week's cover?
Exactly! Let's get started already, right?! But what to choose first?
With SO many great options, I decided that it's only fair to recognize that this is a personal indulgence on my part. Being an indulgence then, there is only one song that I could logically choose:
Mindless Self Indulgence -: The Logical Song
MSI has done a number of great covers since they began, covering the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Rush, Notorious B.I.G., and even Whitney Houston. One of their most recent covers is of Supertramp's The Logical Song, a rock hit from the 1979 album, Breakfast In America. MSI's version was originally released on a special version of their 2013 Kickstarter-funded How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence album that was only available to backers of a certain level, but is now available from their Bandcamp page.
Next week: A recent cover of an 80's dance classic that's dark, down-tempo, and downright sexy!
Comments, suggestions, discussions, etc... welcome!
Feel free to check my schedule for events I'll be spinning later this month in Boston and Western Mass, where I will occasionally play some of these tracks on request.
Explore the darkness,