At first I was afraid: Cover songs, part 2

And now for Part 2. Because there is so much more!

“I Will Survive” by Cake. I first heard this version on the radio many years ago in a rented car in Belgium, of all places, and I was stunned. I love how they take this song so so seriously. And honestly, it was tough deciding between this and their version of Bread’s “Guitar Man”, which is really pretty great as well.

“I’m Blue” by The 5,6,7,8’s. Yeah, I know, these ladies again, but I just can’t help it. Everything they do is just about perfect.

“Pictures of Matchstick Men” by Camper Van Beethoven. It’s 1989 and I and my fellow college DJs can’t get enough of this song! Did we even know the original Status Quo version? Probably not.

“You Light Up My Life” by Patti Smith. What is happening here? Patti Smith is a guest on Kids Are People Too sometime in 1978. For whatever reason she decides to perform a truly earnest version of this song and totally nails it.

“96 Tears” by The Cramps. There are dozens of versions of this song originally made famous by ? and the Mysterians, and I am quite pleased with this one. Plus: Batman!

“Tears of a Clown” by The English Beat. Forgive me, Smokey Robinson, but I kinda like this better as a ska song.

“Redemption Song” by Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer. To be honest, the original Bob Marley version is actually perfect. But really I’m just glad that this version exists. So beautiful and heartbreaking in a totally different way.

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