Category Archives: Best Covers

Best Covers: Placebo ‘Shout’

Following the release of their album ‘Never Let Me Go’ earlier this year, Placebo are now sharing their cover of Tears For Fears’ 80s classic ‘Shout’.

The latest addition to their 80s covers, Placebo have previously covered artists such as Sinead O’Connor (‘Jackie’), The Smiths (‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’), Pixies (‘Where Is My Mind?’) and Kate Bush (‘Running Up That Hill’).

Best Covers: Siouxsie and the Banshees ‘The Passenger’

Proto-punk becomes post-punk goth brilliance on Siouxsie and the Banshees’ take on “The Passenger.” A swinging beat and brassy horns breathe new funk into Iggy Pop’s solo fan favorite, originally released on 1977’s seminal album Lust for Life. It was a hit for Siouxsie and the Banshees who released the cover as a single from 1987’s Through The Looking Glass.

Best Covers: Bebel Gilberto ‘Samba da Benção’ 

Bebel Gilberto‘s magical voice and her soulful blend of Brazilian and electronic music took the world by storm with the release of ‘Tanto Tempo’ in 2000. It rapidly became one of the most globally successful albums of Brazilian music ever, selling over 1 million copies.

The song Samba da Benção was written by Baden Powell and Vinícius de Moraes and was first performed by Vinícius de Moraes.

Best Covers: Patti Smith ‘Red Right Hand’

US rock legend and ‘Because The Night’ star Patti Smith has recorded an “extraordinary” cover version of the song which got Peaky Blinders off to a flying start right at the very beginning of its city-based gangster odyssey.

The beginning of Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand literally chimed perfectly with the first Peaky Blinders episode screened in September 2013 when Cillian Murphy’s character Tommy Shelby imposed himself perfectly onto the set of an industrial scene brought thrillingly to life with flames and the sound of people making things.

Best Covers: Talking Heads Take Me to the River”

What makes Al Green so unique as a soul singer is that he’s not a belter – he sings like he’s holding something back, like he’s trying to get you to come in closer. That’s a key component of his most seductive songs, like “Let’s Stay Together” and “Take Me to the River,” the latter of which became a hit for David Byrne and the Talking Heads. Smartly, the Talking Heads’ cover keeps the original’s light touch, paring away anything that could get in the way of the song’s slinky groove.