Good Cover Version: Speedy Ortiz Does The Cardigans

Pulp gave the world the song "Bad Cover Version." But seeing as I'm a sonic optimist, I'm of the belief that there's more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

This cover actually makes a heck of a lot of sense if you stop and think about it. Grunge revivalists Speedy Ortiz share a dark undercurrent with those deceptively poppy Swedes The Cardigans. The Speedy cover of "Hanging Around" gets good and grimy before really getting down and dirty, a denouement that is both expected and incredibly satisfying.  

[posted 8.29.15]


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