cover songs

I don't record many covers but when I do I tend to make them my own, much to the surprise of the original artist (when they know about it):


Viva La Vida
(Coldplay cover)
   

This was for Song Fight! Gift of Music 2008. Requested by Lord of Oats, and delivered almost 2 weeks late...sorry :(

But I had fun playing with lots of reverse reverb.

Fight for your Right
(Beastie Boys cover)
   

Produced for the 2007-08 Gift Of Music (GOM) challenge.

As requested by The Mighty Octothorpe:
Beastie Boys- (You've got to) Fight for your Right (to party)!

Voice, flanged rubber bands, electric kazoo, Vietnamese jaw harp, uod sample and drum samples. Recorded, sequenced and produced largely in a hotel room under the sheets.

Pink Pussycat
(Devo Cover)
   

Waterloo
(Abba cover)
   

Oh boy, what have I done now?

All I can really do now is blame Bjam :)

Wow! Got this nice review from Eurocovers:

"Roymond.com presents an odd version of ABBA's Eurovision winner Waterloo features a mini Abba sample, cats and a disturbed vocal. Think The Colourblind James Experience meets Vincent Price. In a washing machine."

This Is The Day
(The The cover)
   

Every new year at Songfight.org, some of us trade cover requests. This year I got Pumpkin Buzzard's list:

"Dragonaut" by Sleep
"Raw Hide" by Ol' Dirty Bastard
"This is the Day" by The The
"Hollywood Babylon" by The Misfits

So, it was This Is The Day...and I produced it during a rather intense time, so maybe it muddier than it should be. But it's always interesting to cover songs you don't know and see what emerges...

Across The Universe   

A coverfight entry to honor John Lennon. He had been and remains an icon of love and inspiration to me.

Space Cadet
(SuperDuper Ken Cover)
   

Oh man, another Hxaro, another thrill! Ken wrote this cool song. I did it my way. As usual...

Variation On Two
(Shite cover)
   

I took part in a Hzaro fight for Jack Shite, choosing his Variation On Two. Hzaro fights involve a gang of songfighters covering a bunch of another fighter's songs for love and offering them as a gift, much to the surprise of the receiving copyright holder.

So I took Jack's Variation On Two and set it on a subway platform, performed by an old blues singer. Here's my version.

DMV (Primus cover)   

There was a Gift Of Music coverfight with the Songfight crowd. I received the titles requested by Rabid Garfunkle:

"DMV" - Primus
"Brother Wolf Sister Moon" - The Cult
"Over the Rails" - Rubber Chicken Lollipop
"Buy My Snake Oil" - Jello Biafra & Mojo Nixon

So...I picked Primus. For some reason. I originally had some basa nova thing going, but India soon took over. The main objective was to avoid the whole hyper bass line entirely. Then create texture and dynamic while sticking with the drive of the original.

Say The Word
(Walrus Gumble cover)
   

Written in April 2004 by Walrus Gumble a.k.a User, for songfight! Here's the original. I was assigned it as a coverfight challenge in August 2004 and gave it my spin. That Monsieur Gumble put together such a simple, yet universal message about expired/unrequited love gave me a great start. The three levels of delusional hope, self-pity, and mad resentment really came out in the mix, so I blame the muse. Once that was cleared up I just put in a few rolled cymbals and the kalimba. I also did my own version for the original fight.

It's Nearly Africa
(XTC cover)
   

Every so often, Songfight people hold a Coverfight and cover pop songs. In this case it was a secret-santa situation, xmas 2003. I had the pleasure of recording XTC's classic It's Nearly Africa for Jim of Seattle while hacking my lungs out with some sort of flu. Perhaps it helped!

Thanks to George Demarest, for a fabulous trumpet solo intro and the loops that supply much of the rhythm track.

Accelerator
(Insects Ahead cover)
   

This cover was done for Coverfight in Sep, 2003. Glenn and Jack Shite wrote an amazing song and I did my thing with it. It had a lot of drama hidden in there. I loved this project!

Rudolph the Venison Sausage   

David Klein and I did this in 1984. Yes, this is based on a story in the World News Report. Rudolph, a pet deer in Anckorage Alaska that attracted holiday crowds, was reported missing. Days later, he was found hanging in the meat locker of a local Waldbaums supermarket. We just couldn't let this one go by without comment.

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Angels on a High   

Rap breaks bring new life to an old classic, from David Klein and myself, recorded in 1984. A medley of christmas tunes that are sure to ... ring your bells.

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Little Bummer Boy   

No comment. Really. Also from 1984. Also David Klein and myself.

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We Three Kings   

We didn't need to change any words for this one. It's already pretty weird. Also from 1984. Also David Klein and myself.

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