We kind of bucked the trend and not only covered a lesser-known artist (here in the States, anyway) but covered an even lesser-known song of his. But we looked and there are very few recordings of people attempting to cover this song, and we’re rather fond of it. So we thought we’d give it a shot.
When I listen to Dallas Green perform the song, I kept hearing drums, electric guitar, bass, all breaking apart and distorted a bit like his own voice and guitar on the song. So, rather than continue to hear all those things we decided to do them ourselves.
Now, if you’re familiar with the song you may be saying “shut up, already. You added a part. WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?”
In arranging the song, I felt it needed a place to land before it dropped into the quiet helpless pleading refrain of “break me”. So I added one. It didn’t take long, though I toyed with the words a few times. I wanted to keep it in the theme of the rest of the music. And I actually added words to someone else’s song. Words that weren’t there.
Dallas, if you ever read this, my reasons were entirely selfish. It just felt right. I know, I know, you’ve several Juno Awards to your name. I don’t have anything but an afro pick and a half-eaten DiGiorno pizza. Which reminds me…
Cover songs are a double-edged sword for any band. Some bands do them so well they get stuck in a rut where they have very few originals, mostly covers, and a fan-base that expects them to play the songs they already know and love because they do it really well. And then there’s these guys:
(They describe themselves as “Dance Pop”. Thank you, Internet.)
Other bands suffer from a crippling inability to cover others artists songs. But they’re a great tool if done correctly. Fans can associate all of the positive feelings they have for another artist and their success and wrap their own individuality around it. Typically, cover songs have the potential to be much more viral as well. The covered artists fan base is eagerly awaiting any touch of their beloved artist, sometimes even if its a cover of a familiar song if its done well. For example:
(Thom Yorke, eat your heart out)
Well. I guess there’s a third problem: covering a song and doing it way worse than the artist originally did it (read: anyone that covers any Adele. Ever. Female vocalists, I’m looking at you).
(Was that not the creepiest thing ever?)