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Lady Gaga couldn’t convince me, but he could

I really am not a fan of Lady Gaga, nope, none of her songs is well-received by my ears. Not that I can not stand them, they’re just really not my type.

Yeah, there would be times that I dance along with “Poker Face” when my team mates at work request for it when we go to a karaoke joint or a local club…

… but that’s just because I had to do it.

A few days ago, my good friend Benjo (who shares my edgy taste in music), told me about this video of Daughtry singing “Poker Face”. I’ve heard about it, but I haven’t had the chance to check it out, but as my friend told me, “You will love Daughtry’s version, I swear.”

And as always, he was right.

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Dream Tabloid Headline

A couple of hours ago, John Mayer posted this Tweet:

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Half-an-hour ago, he posted a link directing us to gossip magazine OK!’s website.

While we’re a celebrity weekly and by no means a tabloid, we’re listening, John, and we’ve decided to grant your wish for your dream cover, by giving you your heart’s desire… at least in digital form. Why not recognize an artist for playing his heart out?

Behold, Mr. Mayer, this one’s for you. We hope you like it!

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I’m amazed how fast interactivity can be. I have to agree that this was hilarious.

 

But here’s a personal message to John: STOP GOOGLING YOURSELF!

Sunday Playlist: Cover Songs

Since I didn’t have any theme in mind, I just decided to listen to artists that LastFM recommended to me, based on my preferences and online library. Eventually, it led me to these wild and phenomenal covers:

 

Artist: R.E.M.

Song: “There She Goes”

This is a cover of a Velvet Underground song which R.E.M. recorded between 1981 and 1986.

 

Artist: Radiohead

Song: “Tell Me Why”

Thom Yorke et al performed this Neil Young classic in 2008, during their concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

 

Artist: Dave Matthews Band

Song: “Money”

Let me quote a comment that I found in YouTube:

Dave Matthews Band playing a Pink Floyd song…. I thought this only happened in dreams? Is Tim playing Hendrix’s guitar? No? Too much? hah this is so freakin badass.

 

Artist: Chrissie Hynde

Song: “I Shall Be Released”

She performed this song during the Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration in 1992. At 3:27, you’ll see a young Sheryl Crow singing with the back-up choir.

 

And while we’re at that topic…

 

Artist: Sheryl Crowe

Song: “Mississippi”

Ok, this one may be a bit confusing… Bob Dylan recorded this song, which he wrote, in 1997, for “Time Out of Mind”. He decided to take it out of the track listing and offered it to Sheryl, who did an acoustic version for her 1998 album “The Globe Sessions”. He eventually rerecorded it for 2001’s “Love and Theft”.

 

Artist: Patti Smith

Song: “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

She recorded the Nirvana anthem for “Twelve”, an album she released in 2007. Her acoustic take made the words easier to comprehend (no offense to Kurt Cobain and his estate).

A Touching Tribute

Last night, during the Eraserheads gig entitled “The Final Set”, the band played “Kaleidoscope World” by Francis Magalona. It is quite a surprise that Ely Buendia, the EHeads lead man, was able to finish a short rendition of the song without breaking down… he and the late artist were really close friend, and were working on a CD just before the unfortunate passing.

I was sniffling by the time the song ended.

Speaking of “Tiny Dancer”

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Image via Wikipedia

I found a few videos featuring various covers of Elton John‘s “Tiny Dancer” (from the album “Madman Across the Water“) and I tried to choose only one to post here. However, I couldn’t bear leaving any of these two out, so I decided to place both.

The first one is Ben Folds, who has always been expected to do numerous covers of Elton’s songs. He did it wonderfully, obviously paying homage to the artist who made the grand piano look cool.

The second one is Dave Grohl, and with the exception of his chewing gum’s special appearance, he did a very decent acoustic rendition of this “classic”. Check out how he coaxed the audience to reenact the “Almost Famous” bus scene with him.

The Best Billie Jean Cover?

Chris Cornell‘s, as performed, unplugged and solo, in Sweden, 2007.

His full-band set-up version of the Michael Jackson hit during the MSN Live Series in 2008 (I think) comes in as a close 2nd.