Category Archives: Best Covers

Best Covers: Trey Songz “Life On Mars?”

The producers of HBO’s Vinyl have pulled the masterful troll move of recruiting R&B loverman Trey Songz to cover “Life On Mars?,” David Bowie’s 1971 Hunky Dory all-timer. And while the mere existence of this cover will probably send some people into sputtering rages, it’s honestly not a bad version of the song at all. On his version, Trey Songz sings over a bare piano and nothing else, and he absolutely sings the shit out of the chorus. I don’t know how much time he’s spent thinking about what the song means, but as a pure vocal display, it’s deeply impressive.

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Best covers: Beach Slang “Bored Teenagers”

The members of Beach Slang have been through some turmoil lately, but that won’t stop them from playing the songs they love for you. Back in 2015, around the same time they released their great debut The Things We Do To Find People Like Us, the Philly punks also shared the all-covers EP Here I Made This For You. They have released a second all-covers EP called Here I Made This For You Mixtape Volume II. The new EP features covers of songs from the Modern Lovers, the Candyskins, and Tommy Keane. And perhaps most intriguingly, it’s also got their version of the great Jesus And Mary Chain/Hope Sandoval duet “Sometimes Always.” And it opens with the song, short, sharp, faithful cover of The Adverts’ 1978 UK punk classic “Bored Teenagers”