Saturday, March 11, 2017

Good Cover Version: Strand of Oaks Does Primal Scream

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.

When it comes to Primal Scream's psychedelic, trippy dance opus Screamadelica, Timothy Showalter of Strand of Oaks and I are on the same page about the classic. Showalter recorded a cover of "Damaged," the take-a-wee-break-from-dancing-your-face-off heartbreak interlude of the record, for Aquarium Drunkard recently, and his version takes the song's beautiful brokenness and runs with it into some wonderfully dark, despondent places. I don't know that it'll be on the setlist for this evening's show at the Rock & Roll Hotel, but maybe if you ask nicely it'll be added. Otherwise, listen right here and now to fall in love all over again. 

Listen via Aquarium Drunkard (and hear Stone Roses and Phish covers while you're there)  

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