I’m A Believer, a great pop tune that was written by Neil Diamond would be covered by the English band The Monkees. In 1962, filmmaker Bob Rafelson pitched the idea for a TV show about a group of young rock musicians. The Monkees TV show became a monster hit. The show combined wacky antics by the lads, together with music videos of their pop songs.
Warpaint‘s 2014 cover of “Ashes to Ashes” delicately layers harmonic California pop over the Bowie classic, while still emphasizing the dreary mood that surfaced when it first appeared on 1980’s Scary Monsters.
Weezer have released a cover of “Rosanna,” originally recorded by California band Toto and released as the second single from their 1982 album Toto IV. It’s a pretty straight-ahead cover.
Toronto’s arty guitar-pop four-piece Weaves are crazy good, and their new cover of “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)” from Arcade Fire’s debut album Funeral is a bop. Recording for Canada’s Polaris Prize Cover Session serie Weaves continue bursting with electric energy as on last year’s sophomore album Wide Open.
Amber Mark dropped new EP ‘Conexão’ today and has released the video for EP track ‘Love Is Stronger Than Pride’ alongside it. Shot in one take on location in New York, the video shows Amber roaming the streets of her hometown at nightfall, with post-production adding some lush kaleidoscopic effects.
Mark wrote Sade a letter asking for permission to include a cover of “Love Is Stronger Than Pride” on Conexão – not only did Sade say yes, she’s now a major fan.
Third World‘s first international hit, “Now That We Found Love,” was written by the pop songwriting team Gamble/Huff and was originally performed by the O’Jays. The song was initially recorded for Third World’s third album, Journey to Addis, and that in itself would raise some eyebrows. But it’s the single version that really captured attention with a funky disco monster with a beat that won’t quit and a sense of exhilaration that never lets up.
Since kicking off her Melodrama tour last month, Lorde has treated audiences across the US to surprise live covers. In Toronto, she tackled hometown hero Drake (“Shot For Me”); while in Chicago, it was a no brainer to put her own spin on Kanye West (“Love Lockdown”); and she gifted Milwaukee’s crowd with some Frank Ocean (“Solo”).
During her set at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the New Zealand pop singer honored the city and its locals with a cover of St. Vincent’s “New York”. Super producer Jack Antonoff — with whom Lorde worked extensively on Melodrama — made a cameo appearance and accompanied her on acoustic guitar.