Dusted || The 10 Best Cover Songs Of January 2022

Not all new music is really new, as many artists cover songs. Sometimes these are songs by their favorite artists, eg as a tribute to such a musical hero for a special reason, or they simply feel that a song deserves to be dusted and polished to reacquaint fans with great songs from the past. Other times, bands cover songs as a parody. Regardless of intent, some of those cover versions are so good or so much fun, we’d like to put a spotlight on them. Chosen from a wide range, here are – in random order – ten of our favorite covers from last month – links to the pages where you can add them to your wantlist included.

We’ve already posted reviews of cover albums by Pedico (pop-punk) and The Krontjong Devils (surf rock) last month, and compilations with covers of songs by Los Campesinos! and Townes Van Zandt were released, but a lot more great new covers came online.

Time Of The Season || Cover: The Ergs! || Original: The Zombies
Technically The Ergs! broke up 15 years ago, but the American punk rock band would pop up occasionally. After a new single in 2016, they’re back again, with four-track EP Time And The Season, out digitally and on 7″ vinyl through Dirtnap Records – each side opening with an original and closing with a cover. Besides The Remains’ Say You’re Sorry they’re also playing the Zombies’ Odessey & Oracle classic in their own style.

My Sharona || Cover: Soraia || Original: The Knack
This choice from the Philadelphia-based garage rock/soul band Soraia – ZouZou Mansour (lead vocal, tambourine), Travis Smith (bass, glockenspiel), Brianna Sig (drums), Mike Dudolevitch (guitars, piano), and John Hildenbrand (organ) – is a brave one, because what do you do with one of the biggest power pop hits of all time? Naturally: staying true to the original and at the same time rocking like you always do, leads to the best of both worlds. Out digitally via Wicked Cool Records.

Dancing With Myself || Cover: The Dollyrots || Original: Gen X / Billy Idol
Another cool release on Little Steven’s Wicked Cool label: 2-CD Down The Rabbit Hole collects 24 tracks from throughout The Dollyrots’ 20-year history – B-sides, rarities, and cover songs with a twist, including a few previously unheard. Kelly Ogden (vocals, bass) and Luis Cabezas (guitar) have good taste, as they cover favorites like Ruby Soho, Walking On Sunshine, American Girl, Breed, Teenage Kicks, Do You Love Me, and Dancing With Myself, all lavishly soaked in a greasy Dollyrots sauce.

For Your Love || Cover: The Jack Cades featuring Frankie Fuzz || Original: The Yardbirds
Fall 2020, The Jack Cades released their Infectious Covers EP, recorded as a way to survive the lockdown. As that lockdown continued into 2021, the UK garage rock band has also started working on one of the biggest Yardbirds hits. With help, at safe distance from each other, by Frankie Fuzz from The Color Collection on the Harpsichord.

Frasier TV Theme || Cover: Grandaddy || Original: Kelsey Grammer
Indie label Perpetual Doom has been running a TV theme song cover series for a while now. The first 20 songs of that project have been collected on the compilation Stay Tuned: Season 1, out now digitally and on cassette. These 52 seconds from Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle are entertaining, but do yourself a favor and listen to the other artists too – a feast of recognition and youth sentiment.

Sunday Morning || Cover: Feutre || Original: Margo Guryan
Siesta Records was a Spanish indie pop label founded in 1992, with releases from the likes of Louis Philippe, Le Futur Pompiste, The Free Design, Margo Guryan, Simon Fisher Turner and La Buena Vida amongst others. On Fadeawayradiate’s (digital) compilation Soleado: A Tribute To Siesta Records, 12 artists cover music that previously appeared on that label. Since the album is dedicated to the fabulous Margo Guryan, who passed away late last year, it feels appropriate to share the cover of her most famous song here.

Love Will Tear Us Apart || Cover: Amythyst Kiah || Original: Joy Division
The singer-songwriter from Johnson City, Tennessee stole many hearts last year with her Americana album Wary + Strange. Now, in this new cover, singing about the tragedy of knowing that the spark is gone forever, her distinctive, powerful voice comes into its own even better. Amythyst Kiah’s mission of taking a sad song and making it sadder has been accomplished. Out digitally via Rounder Records.

Bohemian Rhapsody || Cover: Queen Esther || Original: Queen
American vocalist, songwriter, musician, and producer Queen Esther felt that the one-year commemoration of the storming of the US Capitol  needed a soundtrack. Her jazzy version of Freddie Mercury’s iconic rock anthem fulfills that role impressively: “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?”

Get Back To The Land || Cover: The Teskey Brothers featuring Emma Donovan || Original: Archie Roach
One of the side effects of cover songs is that you sometimes discover great music that you didn’t know before. Thanks to the Teskey’s and Emma Donovan, I’m now listening to Let Love Rule, Archie Roach’s album that contains this beautiful song. The Australian singer-songwriter/guitarist is happy with the rendition: “This version is just dripping with soul. To hear one of your own songs that has been taken to another level is really touching. I feel so humbled.”

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Running Back || Cover: Bright Eyes || Original: Thin Lizzy
As part of their 25th anniversary, independent American record label Secretly Canadian initiated SC25: Every Light On This Side of the Town, a campaign to raise $250,000 for New Hope For Families, via reissues of the label’s classics as well as new singles – it led to some nice releases in recent months. Bright Eyes is also part of the SC25 series, and we only can agree with Conor Oberst: “Thin Lizzy is one of the finest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time (…) and this is such a beautiful love song.”

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BONUS:

Old Guy || Cover: Young Fresh Fellows || Original: Wimps
To celebrate their 30th anniversary, on the last day of 2021 Kill Rock Stars put the (digital) compilation album Stars Rock Kill (Rock Stars) online, consisting of 63(!!) cover songs that are somehow affiliated with the American independent record label. Because I’m a fan of both Young Fresh Fellows and Wimps (check out the entertaining video or the original version), I picked this song, but actually the whole selection is worth your attention.

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