Category Archives: Best Covers

Best Covers: The National “Never Tear Us Apart”

The National has released a cover of the INXS hit “Never Tear Us Apart,” recorded for an upcoming charity album benefiting the ongoing Australia bushfire relief efforts.

Titled Songs for Australia, the compilation was curated by Julia Stone, one half of the Australia indie folk duo Angus & Julia Stone.

Best Covers: The Illicits ‘Born Slippy’

The Illicits are the leaders of the next generation. The four-piece band from Blackburn are the vital, essential guitar band the UK music scene has been waiting for.  The cover of the Underworld classic Born Slippy has become a firm fan favourite at live shows, with the band encoring with the 90s classic. Using soaring guitars and thumping percussion instead of electronica, this is an exquisite cover, and it is easy to see why this has been favourite within their set list.

Best Covers: Santa Esmeralda “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” a track written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, and Sol Marcus that’s been covered consistently since its release, by a vast array of artists.

In 1977, Santa Esmeralda had their own hit with a cover of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” this time a disco rendition with elements of Latin music and flamenco.

Today, the calling card for Santa Esmeralda’s version of the song is the fact that part of it soundtracked the climactic swordfight between Uma Thurman and Lucy Liu in Kill Bill, Vol. 1, which is way cooler than anything else about it.