Scott Lucas revealed after his band’s performance in Columbus on Sunday night that the cover they opened their set with – Bananarama’s“Cruel Summer” – will be featured on the Onion’s A.V. Undercover series sometime in the coming months.
And, shaking the setlist up a little bit, Scott Lucas and The Married Men decided to play the song for the first time live at this show. Fans of the original song (which became a hit after being featured in The Karate Kid) may not recognize this version of the song which is exactly what the band was going for. It was either Scott, or his drummer Randy Payne, who said that when they decided to cover the song, they said, “What would this song sound like if it had been written by Neil Young?” Judge for yourself whether or not they nailed it. (In my opinion, they absolutely did!)
Not sure if they’ll continue to toss the cover into the set, but if you live in one of the following cities, check ’em out.
Jun 22 Sunset Tavern – Seattle, WA
Jun 23 Bunk Bar – Portland, OR
Jun 25 Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Jun 26 Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Jun 27 Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ
Jun 29 The Mohawk – Austin, TX
Jun 30 The Common Table – Dallas, TX
Jul 20 Fitz’s Spare Keys – Elmhurst, IL
Jul 21 Roscoe Village Burger Fest – Chicago, IL
Jul 22 Firebird – St Louis, MO
Jul 24 The End – Nashville, TN
Jul 25 JR’s Lightbulb Club – Fayetteville, AR
Jul 26 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
Jul 27 Club Garibaldi’s – Milwaukee, WI
Everybody loves the Boss for his blue collar rock anthems – the kind that make you stand up in your chair, throw your fist in the air, sing along at the top of your lungs, maybe even make your feet shuffle – but there are very few songs that move me the way the slower, driving late at night number does.
Glancing through YouTube, there are dozens of covers by all sorts of artists from many different genres. This morning I stumbled upon a version by Kate Tucker backed by members of Lovedrug.
Kate’s made her version of “I’m on Fire” available for free via Bandcamp where you can also listen to (and buy) Kate’s most recent release, Ghost of Something New.
Luna may have broken up in 2005 but their last three releases (2002’s Romantica, 2002’s Close Cover Before Striking (EP), 2005’s Rendezvous) have just been issued digitally on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Rhapsody and Bandcamp and all come with bonus tracks.
Here’s the previously unreleased (I think) cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Dancing Days” which can be found on Close Cover Before Striking.
Did Weezer start this “Paranoid Android” cover madness? Not sure why, but as of late this song has been popping up all over the place including a pretty cool YouTube mashup version where dozens of people recorded themselves playing the song and then somebody taking bits and pieces of each performance and making one video out of it.
A few weeks ago I checked out Matthew Mayfield as he kicked off a short run of tour dates in Columbus, Ohio (drove 12 hours from Alabama just to play the show) but he didn’t cover “Paranoid Android” that night – didn’t even know he had it in his back pocket. But, here is his pretty faithful-to-the-original version.