Category Archives: Il Dottore

Best Covers: Portugal. The Man “Don’t Look Back in Anger”

Following the horrific attacks in London the Oasis stadium shaker “Don’t Look Back in Anger” returned to relevance as those affected by the tragedies used the song as a rallying call for unity and positivity. Both Noel and Liam Gallagher responded appropriately, with Noel donating royalties from the song to various organizations and Liam adding the tune to his solo repertoire.

Portugal. The Man also adopted the tune into their live rotation stateside, playing it at a number of recent gigs including a special collaboration with Cage the Elephant’s Matt Shultz at Bonnaroo. The band recently sat for an acoustic session and recorded the heartfelt cover in a stripped down setting.

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Best Covers: Soft Cell “Tainted Love”

. American singer Gloria Jones was the first one to record “Tainted Love,” which was written and produced by Ed Cobb. It was released as the B-side to “My Bad Boy’s Comin’ Home” in 1965, but it wasn’t until the early seventies that the song caught on when a U.K. DJ gave it some love because it fit with the Northern Soul thing happening there. Jones rerecorded “Tainted Love” in 1976 with her boyfriend, Marc Bolan (of T. Rex), producing.  She was also driving the car in the accident that killed Bolan on September 16, 1977. . English duo Soft Cell‘s 1981 synthpop version is the one that made this tune famous. It charted numerous times in the early 80s.

Best Covers: The Fugees “Killing Me Softly”

It’s one of those songs that earmarks a period in your life and immediately takes you back every time you hear it. “Killing Me Softly” is both elegant and raw, simple and magnificent, with its standard boom-bap hip-hop beat juxtaposed with intimate lyrics. A redux of Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” which became a hit decades before, The Fugees’ 1996 cover version has emerged as a classic in its own right in the last 20 years.

Best Covers: Los Coming Soon ‘Let’s Dance’

Lala y Patricio, los hermanos que lideran esta banda argentina ahora residente en Barcelona. Pese a llevar 7 años de carrera es ahora cuando sacan su primer disco con un título de lo más significativo We Are Los Coming Soon. Con este trabajo quieren mostrar la esencia del grupo en un disco compacto.  David Bowie es una clara influencia en su trabajo, donde versionan el tema Let’s Dance del artista británico y esa misma canción da nombre a su tour.

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.