“Just Like Heaven”: Dinosaur Jr. vs The Cure

Dinosaur Jr’s new CD, Farm, arrives in stores on June 23. J Mascis and crew recorded a cover of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” back in 1989 for a compilation but decided they liked the song too much so released it on their own.

Robert Smith of The Cure told Blender magazine: “J. Mascis sent me a cassette, and it was so passionate. It was fantastic. I’ve never had such a visceral reaction to a cover version before or since.”

Dinosaur Jr’s version of “Just Like Heaven”

The Cure’s version of “Just Like Heaven”

(Thanks Doug for the suggestion)

“Changes”: The Cardigans vs Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath)

I caught some Black Sabbath biography while flipping around the cable channels this weekend and consequently spent some time with Sabbath’s Vol.4 CD in the aftermath. “Changes” seems so out of line for band like Sabbath but it’s a fantastic song and I pictured it being covered a number of different ways – alt.country, with a big choir, etc. Did a quick search on YouTube and discovered that The Cardigans did a really great version of the song that I’m going to have to see if I can track down as an MP3. Also found out that Sabbath supposedly only played the song live once while Ozzy was in the band so there is no video footage of it. I settled on a more recent version of Ozzy doing the song.

Ozzy Osbourne – “Changes”

The Cardigans – “Changes”

Overkill: Men at Work vs. Lazlo Bane

“Overkill” was originally recorded and performed by the Australian band Men at Work. Many years later, the song was covered by Lazlo Bane (featuring ex-School of Fish drummer Chad Fischer on vocals/guitar). Got to admit, as much as I love the original, I equally love the cover as it does a noble job of staying close to the original AND the special guest towards the end gives me goosebumps.

Which version do you prefer?

Men at Work

Lazlo Bane