Wednesday, February 15, 2006

She's Lost Control


Travis and I were talking recently about how some songs just seem to be endlessly receiving the cover treatment. Over at My Old Kentucky Blog you can find four different takes on Massive Attack's Teardrop, so I guess we're not the only ones interested by this. Another such song is Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division.

If you listen to the six (!) different versions here (including the original), I think the really incredible part is how different they all are. Calexico turn the song into a folky pop stomp, Hawksley Workman drags the song into a smokey bar, and The Cure... well.. They Cure-ify it. The version by Jose Gonzalez is a pretty odd little cover. I would have expected it to be the most intimate-sounding version of the bunch, but instead I have to say it feels kind of cold.

The U2 and Arcade Fire collaboration is really only interesting as a novelty. The recording is unfortunately very bootleg-ish, so you'll have to turn up your speakers and try to ignore the hum and audience noise. I think it sounds alright, but it's kind of hard to judge. I definitely like the accordion bits added by Arcade Fire and the drums come through quite nicely.

[mp3] Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
[mp3] Love Will Tear Us Apart - Calexico
[mp3] Love Will Tear Us Apart - Hawksley Workman
[mp3] Love Will Tear Us Apart - The Cure
[mp3] Love Will Tear Us Apart - Jose Gonzalez
[mp3] Love Will Tear Us Apart - U2 & The Arcade Fire

* Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart can be bought here.

UPDATE: Thanks to Jgrow for posting links to a couple more covers. One is a breezy jazzified version by Nouvelle Vague, which Travis was actually just telling me about, and the other is a truly bizarre version with throat singing. Here they are:

[mp3] Love Will Tear Us Apart - Nouvelle Vague
[mp3] Love Will Tear Us Apart - Albert Kuvezin & Yat-Kha

17 comments:

John said...

There's also one by Nouvelle Vague that has like a bossa nova feel to it.

jgrow said...

ysi link for the nouvelle vague cover.

http://s51.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=173IT6E8S2AOO3R25ED52IEFOZ

and.... Albert Kuvezin & Yat-Kha (weird throat singing)
http://s45.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=2UFHBAR578E600VGMTTO6UXCIH


heres a link to learn about throat singing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Throat_singing

fragoso said...

and of course, there´s the Swans and the Paul Young covers of the same track.

TuuliMiila said...

All in all I think you have to be pretty cocky to go about covering Joy Division..

Anonymous said...

i know this is a dirty word... and it's not very good... but there is a fall out boy cover of this too

gigantor said...

Has anyone heard Paul Anka's "Rock Swings"? It is frikin' sweet!!!!!Frik.

patrick said...

some other covers:

worm is green (icelandic electro)
squarepusher (idm)
10,000 maniacs (live version)

Shana said...

the bis cover is rather amazing.

lesypersound said...

the squarepusher cover isn't really IDM. there's guitar,drums,bass,and highly processed vocals--sounds more like MBV than IDM.
it was the last track on 'Do You Know Squarepusher'.

Anyway, here's a YSI. : )
http://s61.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=0QGWUV2SQD5CT2P73P0DGV8V14
and thanks for the other covers.

The Trick said...

This is incredible. So many covers! I'll have to check out that Squarepusher version.

Anonymous said...

http://andrediamant.free.fr/duracell.htm

In terms of covers, this is worth a look. Using drums & triggers to do live video game music.

Anonymous said...

The Cure did a nice version of this as well.

Anonymous said...

Ireland's The Frames do a pretty raucous cover of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" complete with soaring violins in place of the synthesizers. It's really worth seeking out.

vjb2 said...

Amongst many others out there, there's also a synthed out version by Bis.

MadPriest said...

Love Will Tear Us Apart - it gets weirder.
Frank Sidebottom - oh yes, it's true.
North Atlantic Balkan Express - very Balkan.
Wonderlick
Worm Is Green
Ten From Ten
The Diary
Ian Field
Litmus
Prozak For Lovers - very nice.
ZeroOne-None
And best of all - THE KING - you've just got to hear THE KING'S version - it's almost as good as his rendition of "Song For The Siren"

MadPriest said...

Love Will Tear Us Apart - it gets weirder.
Frank Sidebottom - oh yes, it's true.
North Atlantic Balkan Express - very Balkan.
Wonderlick
Worm Is Green
Ten From Ten
The Diary
Ian Field
Litmus
Prozak For Lovers - very nice.
ZeroOne-None
And best of all - THE KING - you've just got to hear THE KING'S version - it's almost as good as his rendition of "Song For The Siren"

Sildenafil said...

I'm so glad seeing this retro cover because it's my favorite rock band actually if you want I can include in here the song Sildenafil Citrate because is the best one of this group.